Virgin Money London Marathon 2014
- Date: 13 April 2014
- Distance: 26.2 miles
- Sponsorship: £1800
‘I ran for Leonard Cheshire Disability in the London Marathon this year. Amazing day - one I'll never forget. Such a brilliant charity.’ — Gary, 2013 marathon runner
|Paddy at the 2010 London Marathon|
1 in 6 people in the UK has a disability...and it can happen to any one of us, at any time. When it does, you can help Leonard Cheshire Disability to make sure there are no barriers to every single disabled person achieving their dreams. By clicking below to join our Marathon team, you are doing something amazing for disabled people across the UK and around the world. Registration fee £100, Fundraising target £1800
Public Ballot place?YES - Well done! If you already have a place secured through the ballot, you can join the Leonard Cheshire Disability team with no registration fee, and you can set your own fundraising target. NO - Don't worry, we have places available! All you need to do is register using the pink button, and we will call you to discuss your place, and hopefully welcome you to the team.
What's involved?Whether you have a ballot place or one of our charity places, we'll give you 5 star support to make your 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon the experience of a lifetime. Here's what you'll be getting:
- A hero's welcome! You'll get a Welcome Pack with team running vest and advice on training and fundraising
- Team training runs in the lead up to the event
- Fundraising support, with a dedicated Events Team member on hand at all times
- Fundraising incentives, including the chance to get a free place in the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon (the perfect training run!)
- Two noisy cheering points along the London Marathon route which your friends and family can join
- Amazing post-race reception where you can get a free sports massage, food and drink, Goodie Bag and a very big round of applause!
How you make a difference83% of disabled people were not born with their disability. Many have become disabled after an accident, due to a stroke, after being diagnosed with cancer or developing conditions like Multiple Sclerosis or Motor Neurone Disease. These people face life-changing circumstances which can often stop them in their tracks. Your Marathon fundraising will make sure that they can live a full life again, and achieve their dreams. Click on the video to get to know some of the people Leonard Cheshire Disability has supported to rebuild their lives - and then go to the How We Help tab to find out how your Virgin Money London Marathon challenge will make a difference to the lives of many more like them. £200 could pay to train two teachers in the third world the skills they need to teach disabled children and non-disabled children together. £800 will buy a touch screen monitor enabling people with limited movement in their hands to broadcast a radio programme from our Ability Media Centre. £2000 could buy a ‘tilt table’ to provide pain relief and help breathing, digestion, bone density and posture for a disabled person with little or no movement in their limbs.
1 in 6 people in the UK have a disabilityThere are over 10 million disabled people in the UK; that’s 1 in 6 of us and it means we’re all likely to know someone with a disability. Here are the stories of some people we know - people who have been supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability to rebuild their lives.
Duncan – recovering from a strokeAs a devoted family man and the founder of his own award-
Peter – living life with Multiple SclerosisPeter was a fit young man who ran marathons, loved rock climbing and jumped out of planes. In 2004 he started experiencing difficulty walking. Loved ones watched as gradually he became paralysed from the neck down.
Steven – regaining independence after a Brain InjurySteven was a fit man of 38, enjoying life to the full. Then one day his life was changed forever when he became the victim of an assault. It left him with a traumatic brain injury which meant that he could no longer walk and was unable to speak.
Clare – living with cerebral palsy‘A daily challenge for me is communication, so I use a light reader to explain what I want, and I also finger spell. Leonard Cheshire Disability has given me confidence. I really enjoy my job, it keeps me busy.’
Bob - living life with epilepsy and mild learning difficultiesBob has several disabilities which include epilepsy and mild learning difficulties. He moved to our Springfield residential service when it opened, and was given his own person-centred plan to ensure he made progress and his goals were successful.
'Springfield is such a friendly place and the staff are great. I love that I have the freedom to make my own decisions.' Living at Springfield has helped Bob to be more confident and has made a big difference to his well-being. 'Springfield has changed my whole attitude to life. I now face challenges with a positive attitude and I'm really excited for the future.'