When I was 11 years old my Uncle Keith ran the London Marathon and I was so inspired by him and I thought 'One day I am going to do that'.......... At last that day has arrived, let me tell you it hasn't been plain sailing securing a place, this is my fifth attempt and thanks to WellChild for offering me a place and my Uncle Keith who introduced me to this amazing charity, as he raised £2500 in 2012.

For those of you who haven't heard of WellChild, it is the national charity for sick children. They provide essential practical and emotional support for seriously ill children, young people and those who care for them across the UK to ensure they receive the best possible quality of care.

“Kidney” was the original name of WellChild which was set up in 1977 by an individual whose friend’s daughter had died of kidney disease. Their aim was to fund research into kidney disease.

Following a major strategic review in 2003, WellChild’s strategy was developed to offer more support to sick children. In addition to medical research WellChild identified a need for further care and practical support for sick children and their families.  

So logistics......

As part of my fundraising I intend to run up Mount Snowdon with my Uncle carrying a bucket, and ask walkers, climbers, hikers, basically everyone we see to donate or we will push them down the mountain, so no pressure!! We are currently in the process of weekly car boots!! Thanks to my Mum & Dad for giving up their Sunday mornings ;-)

My daughter Courtney is doing a sponsored onesie weekend, where she will wear her onesie everywhere she goes! We are doing coffee mornings; raffles; collection boxes; football cards and my Uncle owns Monty's fish and chip shop in Leek, and he'll be doing battered chocolate bars with all proceeds going to WellChild and will also do a WellChild meal deal, where the customers will have a choice to donate.

I am constantly thinking of other fundraising ideas, so I will keep you posted as to what's on the agenda over the next few months, as well as the gruelling training I have in store.

Obviously donations are pretty crucial to this being a success so anything at all you can manage would be absolutely amazing.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page, your support and encouragement means so much to me and the children; families and staff at WellChild.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Updates 6

I forgot to mention, I will be doing the London marathon 2015, once again in aid of WellChild as it was an absolute honour for me to be able to help others less fortunate than myself. So thank you WellChild for giving me the opportunity to run again on your behalf.

30/04/14 10:59

Thanks so much to everyone who sponsored and supported me through the London marathon 2014, it was an amazing experience. I managed to achieve 3 hours 56 minutes, which I am over the moon about and have raised a substantial amount of money for an amazing cause.

30/04/14 10:56

I am so pleased with all the help and support from my family and friends, that I reached my target before Christmas. Money is still coming in, which is great and it's giving me that extra boost when I'm out training, especially on these cold; wet; dark and depressing evenings.

24/02/14 09:42

I forgot to say in my earlier post today, if you want to donate by mobile phone, text BROD50 and your donation amount anything from £1 upwards and send it to 70070 ;-)

11/07/13 09:21

If anyone would like to donate via their mobile using JustTextGiving, the code you need to text is BROD50 followed by the amount you wish to donate, this can be anything from £1. Thanks

11/07/13 12:28

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 289600

WellChild is the national charity for sick children. We provide essential practical and emotional support for seriously ill children, young people and those who care for them across the UK to ensure they receive the best possible quality of care.

Donations 39

Donation by Anonymous on 29/04/14

Well done Debbie!

Donation by Dave Turner on 17/04/14

Good luck Deb! Enjoy the moment, I'm beyond impressed! Xx

Donation by Jen Pickles on 13/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Deb, go girl go!! You can do it!

Donation by Julia, Neil, Beth and Lucy Shenton x on 13/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck Deb

Donation by Caroline Claydon on 12/04/14


Good luck Deb.

Donation by Mark Leese on 12/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Several individuals donations.

Donation by Anonymous on 11/04/14


+ £100.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Deb...!!!! Bet you can't believe it's finally here... Enjoy!!! Proud of

Donation by Nikki D and Jase on 11/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All of your hard work will be worth it. Good Luck xx

Donation by Helen Keeling and Family on 10/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Don't forget it's all about the last 6 miles.

Donation by Tim Thackstone on 10/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 10/04/14


via sms

Well done Deb, you can finally put those cross country days to good use! We'll be looking out for you. Lv Sarah, Craig, Brad, Libby & Jayden xxx

Donation by Sarah Cockersole on 09/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the Best Debbie we will be thinking of you,you have worked very hard, your sure to do well xx

Donation by Mick & Sheila Denny on 09/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, don't get too many blisters !

Donation by Dave Maynard on 09/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with your mammoth run Deb, not that you'll need it. All the best, love Gem and family xx

Donation by Gemma Callear on 08/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck Deb and Well Done you what a brilliant cause. Love Kaz, Andy, Meg & Hollie x

Donation by Karen Buxton on 08/04/14


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Good luck Deb! Rather you than me! I'll look out for you! xxx

Donation by Dionne Timony on 03/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the run, it's a brilliant cause :-)

Donation by Dave Lawton on 03/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Deb! I just walked past you getting some 'coaching tips' in the corridor and remembered I'd forgotten to sponsor you. I'll be cheering you on with 11.8 ; )

Donation by Jenny Wightman on 03/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Deb. l hope all goes well.

Donation by Janette Panek on 01/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck

Donation by Steve Mycock on 01/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Worth it just to get a glimpse of those legs AND well done you!

Donation by Mike (Mr B) on 27/03/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Gud luck hun not that ul need it :-) be thinking of u on the day lots of love from kez, wayne,dem, torz & ki xxxxxxxxxxx

Donation by kerry davies on 21/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hi Deb. Good luck. I know how hard you've trained and how hard it is to do that. You'll do great. x

Donation by Joanne Casswell on 14/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

All the best for the marathon. You are a star. Take care and do your best xx

Donation by Barbara Blair on 05/03/14

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,276.20
  • Offline donations£305.00
  • Text donations£5.00
  • Total raised£2,586.20
  • Gift Aid£556.55

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