Christopher Stacey

Chris is running two marathons in two days for Prisoners Abroad

Fundraising for Prisoners Abroad
raised of £3,000 target
by 125 supporters
I'm running from my home in Lincolnshire to my hometown of Hull to raise money for Prisoners Abroad because of its vital work in supporting British people to survive imprisonment overseas, 17 November 2023
Prisoners Abroad

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We provide life-saving welfare support to Britons imprisoned overseas


I'm very proud to have become the Chief Executive of the UK-based charity Prisoners Abroad earlier this year, and it is an amazingly unique and vital human rights and welfare charity.

Find out more about the challenge I'm taking on below.

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There's also updates posted further on down this page with how my training is going, and you can follow my progress on social media - I'm tweeting on X/Twitter and posting updates on LinkedIn too.

Why am I raising money for Prisoners Abroad?

Like all charities at the moment, it's a particularly challenging time financially. But that's massively outweighed by the challenges that British people in prison overseas face.

People in prison don't often get much public support, and similarly issues overseas are often too easily disregarded.

Which is why I'm so inspired by what we do at Prisoners Abroad. We provide life-saving humanitarian aid, advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment.

Our support genuinely is life saving - whether that be providing access to vitamins to supplement inadequate food diets, ensuring access to clean water and arranging emergency medical care.

And some of the stuff we do, most people take for granted. We provide freepost envelopes so that people can keep in touch with home. We send books, magazines and newspapers so that people have something in English to read, help sustain their mental health and reduce their isolation.

We make sure each and every one of our service users receives a card on their birthday and at Christmas - making sure they know people care about them.

We support people in prison no matter where they are in the world, from the moment we know they are being detained, and no matter why they're being detained.

We also provide much-needed support to family members to cope with the trauma, providing one to one support, hosting family days, support groups and information sessions.

We are also there to support people before they are released and ultimately when they are released and set foot on British soil. We help people find somewhere to stay, provide grants for food and travel, and help them get the essential things in place to help them build a positive future.

Quite simply, no other charity does this work. We are unique.

But to continue to be there for people in prison overseas and their loved ones, we need to raise vital funds.

That’s why I’m taking on a personal challenge and raising money in aid of Prisoners Abroad.

By donating, you will be part of saving lives, protecting human rights and give hope to British people all over the world affected by overseas imprisonment.

“Prisoners Abroad literally saved my life – I would have been alone without your support." - A person in prison in Spain

"You were always there. I do wonder if you realise how much you do for people, both prisoners and their families and friends.” A mother of a person in prison in France

What am I doing?

To raise money, I'm taking on what is without doubt my most difficult personal fundraising challenge yet!

I live in Lincolnshire, and my hometown is Hull. So on the 17th and 18th November, I'm planning to run the 52 miles between the two.

The first day will be about 30 miles, before staying over near Scunthorpe and recharging the batteries, before the second leg of just under 22 miles.

The furthest I've run before this is when I did the London Marathon in 2010, but unfortunately I collapsed after 24 miles. After a bit of medical attention, I managed to walk the last couple of miles. That experience is a helpful reminder to me of how difficult one marathon is, never mind two in two days.

How will your money help?

No challenge that I take on could match the scale of the isolation, desperation and life-threatening conditions that many British people find themselves in when being detained in prisons overseas, but hopefully you can see how much of a personal challenge this will be for me.

And your donation will make a huge difference to the work of the charity:

£30 could pay for vitamins for a British citizen in prison overseas, to supplement their diet and help them stay alive

£60 could provide food and clean water for six months for someone in prison, helping them to survive

£100 could help fund emergency accommodation to help someone returning to the UK get back on their feet.

Thanks for reading about the challenge that I'm taking on, and a huge thank you if you feel able to make a donation.

If you are interested in learning more about Prisoners Abroad's work, please do drop me a message. Thank you.

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About the charity

Prisoners Abroad

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RCN 1093710
Prisoners Abroad is the only UK charity providing information, advice and support to Britons detained overseas, their family and friends, and to released prisoners trying to re-establish themselves in society.

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