Story

Hi everyone and many thanks for visiting my Just Giving page.

Well where shall I start. I put this weird whim down to anxiety about approaching my 40th birthday, clearly just some sort of early onset midlife crisis as I have only just turned 36.

I could never run or so I thought and one day with the help of a friend  I decided to give it ago. Initially  I could only manage the distance from 1 lamppost to the next.  With sheer determination I gradually built up a small circuit and eventually conquered 3 miles without any undignified collapses or more importantly neighbours having spotted me out and about.  I entered my first race for life 4 years ago and have since gone on to complete  many more race for life events, The Tatton Park 10k, 2 great Manchester runs and the Lytham St Anne's 10 miler to name but a few.

Two years ago I joined  a local ladies running group called "The Delph Donkeys" in Saddleworth. With the support  of the founder  who is now my personal trainer Caroline Fisher and the girls I run with, I have embraced the challenge to run this years marathon.

Thanks to all my family  and friends who are continuing to support me especially during the last leg of my training schedule where on  occasions it has been necessary  for me to disappear  for hours on a weekend, during the school holidays  and  even on our summer  holiday to France. 

On Sunday the 1st of  November 2009, I shall be joining 38,000 other runners in New York to run 26.2 miles, but somehow Staten Island to Central Park doesn't sound that daunting. Although I have never been good at visualizing distances.

The reason I am doing this marathon is that with your support, we can improve the lives of  sick, disabled and disadvantaged children  and young people throughout the UK. Variety’s mission is to bring sunshine into the lives of youngsters, providing vital equipment and support where it is most needed.

Donating through JustGiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor me. The Variety Club children's charity gets your money faster and they make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. 

I am paying for all my expenses, flights and accommodation so all money raised will go directly to the The Variety Club.

So please donate now.

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you so much in advance !

Rachel

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Raising money for

Variety, the Children's Charity

Variety, the Children's Charity

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 209259, Scotland SC038505

Variety, the Children's Charity, is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are disabled or disadvantaged. Our objective is to increase their independence, level of confidence and self esteem. We also aim to improve physical health allowing them to spend more time with friends & family.

Donations 157

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Good Luck Rachel

Donation by Jane Bevan on 02/10/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Rachel - you should be proud of yourself. Looking forward to a girls night out to celebrate your achievement. :-)

Donation by Karen Ellis (Jo's friend) on 01/10/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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26.2 miles, Can't remember the last time I ran for a bus!

Donation by Peter Connor on 01/10/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done Rachel, I know how much you have put into it. Don't forget ......breath in...breath out......breath in...... breath out......

Donation by Joan Lockwood on 30/09/09

£20.00

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What a great experience!?! Best wishes Rachel from Trish and Alan

Donation by Trish and Alan Coy on 29/09/09

£10.00

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Rachel its good to see that you can still show Paul a clean pair of heels

Donation by David West on 28/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Go Rachel!! I have every faith in you. So sorry i couldn't claim it on business expenses to come and support you! x

Donation by Queen Donkey on 28/09/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Good luck Rachel, well done on all your training and for the committment you have shown - I am sure you will achieve this amazing goal!

Donation by Shaun & Di Skidmore on 28/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck Rachel. A worthy cause

Donation by Tony & Sheila Woolfenden on 28/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Rachel you have laid the gauntlet down now for Paul, i am sure you will do really well and smash the £10k .

Donation by Mike Cassidy on 28/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck with the run Rachel, I hope you get some time after for some shopping!

Donation by Nichola Jagger on 27/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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All the very best Rachel, and well done for getting there! - go-girl-go!

Donation by Peter & Heather Midgelow on 25/09/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Donation by Phil Wildbur on 25/09/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Donation by ANDREW POXON on 24/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Rachel, Best of luck from LC Receivables

Donation by Simon Merrett on 24/09/09

£250.00

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Rachel.....quite a challenge, good luck! Best wishes from Ian Liddle and all at Farleys

Donation by Ian Liddle on 22/09/09

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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All the best - hope it goes well!

Donation by Kevin Simmons - Chadwick LLP on 22/09/09

£25.00

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Run Rachel Run ......and if Paul can catch you I withdraw my sponsorship!

Donation by kevin philbin on 21/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Rachel best of luck - hope all goes well. Pip & Dave Meredith

Donation by Pip Meredith on 21/09/09

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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I recommend doing a detour on the marathon around Macey's and Bloomingdale's ; Paul's credit card deserves an equally rigorous workout!

Donation by Graham Wilson on 21/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good Luck

Donation by David Parker on 21/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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good luck, and beat katie price!!! love from mum xx

Donation by susan bruckshaw on 18/09/09

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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It's a fantastic cause and you are making a fantastic effort - good luck and best wishes.

Donation by Hugh Fell on 18/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck Rachel from all at Bibby Manchester

Donation by Nick Kindon on 18/09/09

£50.00

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All the very best Rachel, rather you than me!

Donation by Gavin Stewart on 18/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£5,414.60
  • Offline donations£701.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,115.60
  • Gift Aid£989.15

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