When my daughter Robyn (18) announced last year that she wished to apply for a 2016 marathon place, I was at first reluctant. Having done it myself last year and my husband in 2013, both for charity, we all knew what challenges we faced in regards to fundraising.
However, having chosen Whizz-Kidz as her chosen charity, it was impossible not to encourage her. It's a charity so close to our hearts, having provided our family member Josh, who has spinal muscular atrophy with his first two powered wheelchairs several years ago.
We began fundraising last November, kickstarting it all with a big push on social media using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote Robyn's Just Giving page.
Following this, we held a Christmas Craft Fayre and coffee morning at our house which was supported by friends, family and work colleagues.
Over the festive period we asked for people to consider donating to the charity instead of purchasing Christmas Cards which was successful.
In February, we held a 'Marvellous Hat, Moustache and Bearded Ball' at a local venue with live music and a disco. This raised a substantial amount through ticket sales, raffle ticket sales and asking for donations to use our Photobooth.
I then held a two day cake sale at the nursery where I work, finally smashing our target with a Spinathon in our local sports centre.
We have been incredibly lucky to have so much support through sponsorship on the Just Giving page and continue to promote this with the occasional nudge on Facebook (without overdoing it), currently amounting to £ 1,833,00.