Big-hearted runners from as far away as Indonesia and the Netherlands have helped boost the funds of a Bournemouth-based charity that helps poorly children.
A loyal gang of 20 supporters took to streets, parks and seafronts for this year’s virtual London Marathon in aid of Round Table Children’s Wish, which grants children aged four to 17 their dearest wish.
Like many small charities, Round Table Children’s Wish has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many of their usual fundraising streams drying up. But the charity is looking forward to being able to grant wishes again.
Undaunted by rainy weather on the ‘virtual’ marathon day, the 20 runners all completed their 26.2 miles in great spirits and raised vital funds for the charity.
Among them were five runners from the Round Table family, mother and son Margaret and Neil Crummack who ran together, Heidi Inns who has now completed 10 marathons for the charity, and five-and-a-half-months-pregnant mum-of-three Kellie Clark who only took up running three years ago but has raised thousands for Round Table Children’s Wish.
The charity’s fundraising officer Clare Kyrillou and wish co-ordinator Cathy White turned out to cheer on all their runners in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch on the day.
Clare said: “It was great to see the runners and they were all in good spirits, laughing and smiling round the route despite the awful weather.”
Round Table Children’s Wish director Karen Winchcombe said: “This has been a tough year for so many people. Our charity celebrates 30 years of helping children this month and we were determined to keep fundraising this year so that, as soon as we can grant wishes again, we are ready to go
“These runners are absolutely vital to our work and we are so grateful for all their efforts, especially in the wind and rain in England that day, and also to our runners abroad.”
On the virtual marathon day RTCW was also remembering Nigel Lloyd, a vital part of the team who passed away this year.
Karen said: “Nigel was our Virgin Money London Marathon Team’s Training Support Volunteer and was essential to our VLM charity team, offering his expertise and producing training plans tailored to each runner’s ability.
“He had completed 18 marathons and encouraged our runners enormously. All our runners wore black armbands on the virtual marathon day to pay their respects to Nigel. We will all miss him.”
Over the last 30 years Round Table Children’s Wish has helped make wishes, ranging from a dream holiday to a meeting with a hero, come true for many youngsters and their families all over the country.
You can learn more about the work of Round Table Children’s Wish at www.rtcw.org.
Note to reporters
Round Table Children’s wish is a national charity which grants hand-crafted wishes to children aged four to 17 with life-threatening illnesses.
Round Table Children’s Wish,
857 Wimborne Road,
Tel: 01202 514515
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