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Chris Hopkins

Chris' London Marathon 2018 page

Fundraising for Open Road

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£1,064.00
raised of £1,000 target
by 58 supporters
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  • Event: London Marathon 2018, 22 Apr 2018

Open Road

We support people to recover from drug and alcohol problems

Charity Registration No. 1019915

Story

Having completed five half marathons and failing to run a marathon before my 25th birthday, I finally got lucky and secured a ballot place for the 2018 London Marathon - my biggest challenge yet.

I'm raising money, like I did in 2014 for my first half marathon, for Open Road. Open Road are a small charity based in Colchester that provide drug and alcohol services across Essex and Medway. Their services range from Needle & Syringe Services and Recovery Programmes, to Counselling, Therapy and Family Support.

The night-time economy in Colchester has been supported by Open Road for many years in the form of the SOS Bus, a service ran exclusively by volunteers who offer a safe haven, medical support and dispute resolution to Colchester's many revellers. Their work relieves pressure on an already-stretched emergency services and reduces the negative effect the night-time economy can have on my home town. A second SOS Bus has recently launched in Chelmsford.

Despite being ran by volunteers, the SOS Bus programme costs £110,000 a year to operate, and I'm hopeful that my fundraising will be a small help towards what I truly believe is an excellent initiative.

It would be great if supporters could do any of the following:

1) Donate as little or as much as you can. Don't buy a coffee from a tax-dodging corporation, forgo that last pint, or dig a little deeper - it would be greatly appreciated.

2) Come and support me on the day. A cheer from friends and family on half marathons is a boost, but it will have a real impact when the distance is doubled!

3) Tell SOS Bus volunteers what a great job they do if you're ever out in Colchester or Chelmsford. Maybe even volunteer yourself.

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