Run the London Marathon for Ormiston

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A LOCAL children’s charity is asking members of the public to help “make young lives better” in East Anglia by running next year’s Virgin London Marathon on its behalf.

Ormiston Children & Families Trust has seven of the coveted ‘Golden Bond’ places available to those wanting to take part in the 26 mile run, while supporting local children, young people and their families.

Taking place on Sunday, April 21, 2013, the London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world.

Ormiston is offering its Golden Bond places to people who didn’t secure a place in the Marathon through the main ballot and to those who didn’t enter the ballot but want to take on a sporting challenge to raise vital funds for the charity.

The organisation is also on the lookout for people who were successful in the ballot, and are now looking for a charity to raise money for.

Ormiston is asking its Golden Bond runners to pledge to raise a minimum of £1,500. To help them achieve that goal, they will be fully supported by the charity’s team of Community Fundraisers.

Kate Alden is one of Ormiston’s Community Fundraisers, and she will be running the London Marathon for the first time next year.

She said: “We’re not concerned about people’s sporting ability; we’re interested in their fundraising potential. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete and you may not have run since school, but this is a great opportunity to start.

“I have been lucky enough to be in London watching the Marathon for the last four years. There are people of all ages and abilities who are a real inspiration. Some are proper athletes and there are others who, like me, are unfit, overweight, forty-something, full-time working parents – ordinary members of the public.

“Watching the Marathon is a very humbling and emotional experience and I’m sure taking part will be too. I am nervous and excited, but very proud to be taking part on behalf of Ormiston.”

The money that the Golden Bond runners raise will help to ensure that Ormiston is able to continue delivering its vital services to those who need it the most. The charity has over 40 projects spread across six counties and works with children, young people and their families who are facing the very real threat of social exclusion, for example, as the victims of racial abuse, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol misuse.

If you are interested in running the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of Ormiston, please contact Kate Alden on 01473-705034 or 07825-335457. Alternatively, you can email her at kate.alden@ormiston.org for an application form. Applications for one of the Golden Bond places close on Monday, October 22, 2012.