Our London Marathon team inspire year on year

Ruth Owen by Ruth Owen
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I hope you all had a restful Easter break with your families and loved ones. While air travel can be a real pain for wheelchair users, I am pleased to say I had a reasonably issue-free trip over Easter, something I know is not always the case for so many, which has rejuvenated me and spurred me on for much more hard work this year.

On Sunday, nearly five hundred of our fantastic, inspirational supporters once again laced their running shoes, braved everything the great British weather can throw at them, and slogged 26.2 miles to run the London Marathon for #TeamWhizzKidz.

For Whizz-Kidz, the London Marathon is – without doubt – the biggest fundraising event of our year. Since 1990, members of #TeamWhizzKidz have raised more than twenty million pounds to support our vital work with disabled children and young people, and have directly contributed to changing the lives of kids the length and breadth of the UK.

This year was of course no exception, and our team are on course to raise £1m to enable Whizz-Kidz to help young people realise and achieve their true potential.

I am always so amazed, not only by the huge commitment of each of our team members – after all, running 26.2 miles is no easy task – but also by the passion they, and their friends, families and supporters have for Whizz-Kidz, and the work we do. Every year the feedback we get from runners, thanking us for inviting them into our family, astonishes and inspires me.

Our wonderful Patron Nina Hossain ran her first and, in her own words, last London Marathon for us this year, too. Nina already gives so much time and energy to Whizz-Kidz, so we couldn’t be more grateful that she – and her lovely husband Stuart – gave so much of themselves to brave the Marathon this year for us. Between them they are set to raise thousands to fund our work, and for that they should both be enormously proud.

The London Marathon is testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of so many people, who I want to thank today: the events team here at Whizz-Kidz, our army of supporters who make our cheer points along the route so fantastic, our amazing team coach Phil Roberton, and, most of all, every single member of #TeamWhizzKidz, who have tirelessly trained, fundraised and – in the end – run a marathon to support Whizz-Kidz. Thank you all.

In other news, this week I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic event hosted by the organisation SmartWorks. This fabulous organisation provides women in need with high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to help them enter or re-enter the workplace. SmartWorks – like Whizz-Kidz – are giving confidence to those who, for any number of reasons, have had their confidence taken away, and it was a privilege to meet everyone involved. One special guest at the event was Samantha Cameron, who also supports Whizz-Kidz young Ambassadors and hosted a reception at Downing Street.    

I will be back in two weeks to give you my regular updates on activity here at Whizz-Kidz. Until then, thanks as always for your enormous support of everything we do.

Until next time.

Ruth 

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