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Breaking news (again!) (22nd June 2009)

In case any sad soul ventures back to these pages, I have now sent the last cheque off to the ABF and have pretty much put the marathon behind me. I'm developing the middle-age spread to prove it, too (although in desperation, I've resumed running to try and control it!)

The good news is that, thanks to the outstanding support of colleagues at Thames Valley Police, friends and family and some very generous organisations (ICTS, Northgate, i2, ABM, in particular), I have managed to raise £3,401. 

And that makes it all worthwhile! 

I'm sure the ABF will make good use of it. Thank you for your generous support.

Nick 

Breaking News! (26th April 2009)

It is a really long way to run. And today was hot. And I'm not as young as I used to be. And my knees/legs hurt. And I ran a PW -'personal worst' time. But I got round in 4 hrs 54 mins - a shade longer than the promised 4hrs 45 (below) and was glad it was all over! And when all my promised money comes in, I'll have raised well over £3,000 - which is about 3 times my original target. Thanks to everyone who has already supported the Army Benevolent Fund, via this page - and thanks to the few who will no doubt do so. I am very grateful indeed. 

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Thank you for visiting my sponsorship page. I hope you'll help me raise some money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF). I'm preparing for my third London marathon and am determined not to sprint round and miss all the lovely sights. Instead, this time I'm planning a leisurely 4 hours and 45 minutes. Look out for number 11444 on the telly - it won't be moving too fast to read!

I'm very grateful to ABM, who got my fundraising off to such a promising start. They are very nice people indeed. And then there are the extraordinarily nice people at Northgate - who, through Iain McLachlan and Joel Scott, have whacked an extra £500 on to the total. Even after the marathon, i2, the massively respected analytical IT company, weighed in with £200 - fabulous! Thanks to support like this, I can keep revising my target ever upwards. 

I am also benefitting from the kind support of ICTS-GIS. They are the canine division of ICTS(UK) Ltd, specialising in the provision of drug and explosive search dogs who are trained to ACPO standards at police dog training schools. They have delivered both proactive and passive canine drug screening capability to a number of police areas: working in the night time economy and in schools, supporting police work. The canine division is based at Didcot and is largely staffed by former police officers working to recognised standards. I am grateful for their support. 

For over sixty years the ABF has worked tirelessly to provide support to serving soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need. The people they support include those with disabilities or mental illness, people experiencing homelessness or unemployment, and older people.

Dependent on voluntary donations, the ABF must currently raise around £5.5 million each year to continue its vital work with members of the Army Family.

You may already know that donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor me: the Army Benevolent Fund gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.

So please sponsor me now!

Raising money for

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Charity Registration No. 1146420 & SCO39189

We exist to give a lifetime of support to the wider Army family, regardless of where or when a soldier served. We act swiftly and efficiently in providing support in the form of grants to those who find themselves in real need. We also provide grants to charities who support the wider Army family.

Donations 88

From neighbours, friends and colleagues

Donation by Nick Gargan on 07/06/09

£150.00

+ £42.31 Gift Aid

Donation by Tim & Tina on 07/05/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

clearly took true grit - like in the knee joints. Well done

Donation by Ben Simpson on 03/05/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Congratulations and a great cause

Donation by i2 Ltd on 01/05/09

£200.00

Although a very slow time, you still completed the route in less time than it takes to fly to Boston. In many ways, well done!

Donation by Alex Marshall on 01/05/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Very well done and excellent cause.

Donation by Cat. H. on 28/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Well done Nick, good effort!

Donation by David Colchester on 26/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Did't see you from my armchair, well done.

Donation by Dick Clancy on 26/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Very worthy cause

Donation by Doris G on 26/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good luck Nick, U gcan do it, Keep on running!!

Donation by Patricia Grant-Wilson on 25/04/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

The weather looks good for tomorrow. Best of luck for a good run.

Donation by John Gamon on 25/04/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

Glad it's you running! 26 miles sounds a lot from the chair.

Donation by Iain Mc on 25/04/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Great choice of charity and good luck with the run. I have spoken with my mate Haile Gebrselassie and he has agreed to be your pacemaker .....

Donation by Rory Freeman on 24/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Just see it as a contribution from the EU gravy train

Donation by Vic Baines on 23/04/09

£50.00

Proud that in 20 years of friendship your personal wall has moved from the fridge (my food!) to over 26 miles further on.

Donation by Geoff Feavyour on 23/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Well my old mate; once again I will be watching the telly hoping to pick out your grinning face as you enjoy the scenery. Good luck and keep up the ex

Donation by Croftee on 22/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Matt Wilkinson on 20/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Have a good day!!

Donation by Terri Teasdale on 20/04/09

£26.00

+ £7.33 Gift Aid

Watch out for the Rotherhithe Ledge! Good luck

Donation by Ashley Smith on 17/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Best wishes

Donation by John O'Connell on 17/04/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Good luck and sure you will go through the wall

Donation by Ian Caldwell on 16/04/09

£35.00

+ £9.87 Gift Aid

Good luck Uncle Nick!!!!xx

Donation by Rachel Duffill on 10/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

keep smiling

Donation by jean gargan on 10/04/09

£70.00

+ £19.74 Gift Aid

"run fat boy run !!"

Donation by cath duffill on 10/04/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

I will be attempting a similar marathon a week later. Twickers - Army v Navy. Bit late to swap now though.

Donation by TL on 08/04/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,826.00
  • Offline donations£575.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,401.00
  • Gift Aid£506.56

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