Thanks for visiting my JustGiving page. I ran the Virgin London Marathon in April 2014 for Lattitude Global Volunteering. This might seem a bit of a strange choice given that many people run marathons to cure diseases and/or in memory of a loved one (some people even do it for fun!), but here are some pretty solid reasons as to why I am running for Lattitude:

Firstly, Lattitude changed my life and I feel that I have some sort of duty to thank them for that. I spent 7 months in New Zealand in 2011 on a Lattitude placement. Before this, I was a shy teenage girl who was out of her comfort zone far more often than she was in it. I hated talking on the phone, meeting new people and any sort of new social situation. I like to think that I have changed a lot since then. Anyone who has witnessed the transformation in my confidence and character from pre-Lattitude to post-Lattitude can vouch for that.

Secondly, Lattitude does a lot of good work and I don't think they get the recognition they deserve. Lattitude placements benefit the young person who goes overseas as they have an opportunity to experience another culture and grow as person. Lattitude helps young people to help make a positive difference in the lives of others and that is something that I feel is massively underrated in terms of personal development. Aside from the benefits for young people, the work Lattitude does in the communities that receive their support is invaluable.

Thirdly, donations to Lattitude are really important - they help to keep the cost of going on a placement with Lattitude as low as possible, this means that it stays affordable for a wider range of people. I despise the thought of gap years and volunteering opportunities becoming a pastime restricted to the wealthy.

Thank you for your support in this crazy endeavour of mine.




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Raising money for

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Charity Registration No. 272761

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that provides overseas volunteering opportunities for 17-25 year olds. Our aim is help develop the life-skills and opportunities for young people worldwide and to increase their awareness of global issues.

Donations 29

Well done Rachel - at last my sponsorship, better late than never!

Donation by Mick Morris on 21/05/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Rach...knew you could do it! Our scottish coastal training run must of done the trick ;) very proud of you!!!

Donation by Emily McCoid on 27/04/14


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Not only did you complete the marathon, you managed an amazing time - seriously impressed! Well done, Rachel! xx

Donation by Lucy Robinson on 15/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done babes, always knew you'd do it! I'm all inspired - watch this space...maybe! Lots of love xxx

Donation by Danielle Kreamer on 14/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Rachel. We never doubted you! Love Maureen & Mark xx

Donation by Maureen & Mark Kreamer on 14/04/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Woohoo! Totally amazing! Spot the extra £1 for smashing the Gray Family Marathon Record (don't want to get carried away after Emma's threats yesterday!)

Donation by Nicola, super proud support team leader on 14/04/14


+ £12.75 Gift Aid

CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL! I'm so very proud of you and I have to say, I can't believe that you actually made it.....Well Done!!! Grace x

Donation by Grace Dawson on 14/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Here's the additional £50 promised, plus a 'pound per second' bonus for absolutely smashing your target time!

Donation by Proud Dad on 14/04/14


+ £19.00 Gift Aid

You are amazing!!!

Donation by Laura on 13/04/14


Congratulations Rachel on completing the London Marathon. Dave.

Donation by Anonymous on 13/04/14


Donation by Anonymous on 11/04/14

Wishing you every success in the London Marathon Rachel. I am very proud that you are attempting it. Good Luck. xx

Donation by Dave on 11/04/14


I know from experience what a great day it is. Take it all in and enjoy it - the crowd will get you to the finish!

Donation by Wig on 10/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Trust that training plan has been completed? We will be cheering you on - good luck for Sunday. Enjoy......the first few yards!

Donation by chas and julie on 09/04/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Rachel, all the best for Sunday! :) xx

Donation by Paul on 06/04/14


+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Go you girl. What a massive achievement. Al the very best to you

Donation by Richard and Kate on 03/04/14


Keep going, you're almost there!!

Donation by Alvin on 03/04/14


Compensation for having to sit through the torment at the Brittania - and motivation for a training run in the good weather 😊

Donation by BB on 15/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations on your fundraising

Donation by JustGiving on 24/02/14


Even I'm not stupid enough to attempt this....... Just to be clear this is £1 per mile (not £13.10 per mile for you to bail out after two miles) -- but I'll add another £50 if you finish

Donation by Dad on 23/02/14


+ £6.55 Gift Aid

Just a little more in recognition of your longest training run yet!

Donation by Emma Gray on 10/02/14


Good luck! Love SS

Donation by Anonymous on 25/12/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Secret Santa on 24/12/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

A little more to spur you one said it would be easy. But they did say it'd be worth it!

Donation by Emma Gray on 13/12/13


Good luck 😜

Donation by Seagzzz 😁 on 11/12/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£564.50
  • Offline donations£35.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£599.50
  • Gift Aid£99.33

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