Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
Since I started running marathons in 2013 I’ve raised over £13,000 for various charities. This is entirely down to your support - from the bottom of my heart - thank you!
Fundraising is an incredibly rewarding endeavour, and one that is not without its challenges of course.
Why Lepra? My partner Stuart has a longstanding relationship with Lepra from his time presenting Blue Peter. The charity appeal that he led raised millions and resulted in the creation of the Blue Peter Health and Research Centre in Hyderabad, India. Stuart recently returned to the Centre and was very moved by the experience. When he returned we discussed how we could help support Lepra, which was when the idea of the marathon came up.
I have to admit that I didn’t know very much about leprosy before I started working with Lepra. It’s been really eye-opening and an important education. I was particularly struck by the work that the charity does regarding discrimination. As is often the case with medical conditions, the discrimination and prejudice people face is sometimes as bad as the disease itself.
Lepra is working to change this and it really is a privilege to play a very small part in that.
I’m conscious that it’s quite an ask to be looking for sponsorship year upon year so with this in mind, the 2019 London Marathon will be my last one for charity.
Please spare what you can, even just £2, the price of a coffee, will help to raise money for a good cause. Thank you!!