WOW! The half-marathon has now been run (in under 2hrs...JUST!) and despite the aches and blisters, it was SO worth it.
I was thinking about my Uncle Roger and the kids in Peru all the way; the kids are certainly grateful and I know Roger would be too. Thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far.
A total of around £20,000 has been raised for Amantani from this event at Grafham Water. What a feat! :D
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Amantani is an incredible charity working to improve the lives of young children in Peru. As many of you know I have volunteered for them in recent years and they remain a charity very close to mine and my family's heart. After visiting them last year I was really able to appreciate how valuable and worthwhile their work is.
Two years ago was Amantani's first Grafham Water Marathon fundraising event and I went along with my Uncle Roger and Aunty Pat to watch the race and support Amantani. This was the second time round for this great event and sadly a lot has changed. Roger passed away last year after a tough three months trying to fight the horrid disease that is cancer.
Roger is the best uncle I could ever have wished for and this seems the perfect occasion to remember him. Peru was a huge part of his life before I knew him and it was thanks to both his and my cousin Martin's connections that I was able to go and live there for 3 months last year. Whilst there I made a trip to visit the Amantani boarding houses which was a wonderful experience.
So, please, whatever the amount, I, my family and Amantani would all appreciate it so much.
If everyone I knew just gave £1 it would come to a huge amount and would make the world of difference to the kids in Peru.
Please check out the website to see how happy all the children are in Peru now that Amantani has provided them with a hopeful future: