This week we gathered together a huge bunch of Virgin Money London Marathon running fundraisers to celebrate raising a massive £250 million since Virgin Money began sponsoring the event in 2010. Here are some of their stories.
Running for Save the Rhino International, we have Rory Harding. Not only does Rory tell us that he’s “not particularly athletic, and definitely not a runner“, but he’s also running the 26.3 miles in a rhino costume! Rory has worked for the charity for a year and managed this year’s marathon team, which inspired him to take it on himself. About Save the Rhino International, Rory says “All the money raised will go straight into vital rhino conservation throughout Africa and Asia. By working to protect one species so vital to the local ecosystems, so much more wildlife and the people that live alongside it are helped” You can support Rory via his Virgin Money Giving page.
We were also also delighted to meet up with runners, past and present, who support Anthony Nolan, which was the charity of the year at the 2014 London Marathon. Melissa Fehr ran the marathon this year supporting Anthony Nolan on the fifth anniversary of the bone marrow transplant that saved her life. Melissa had the in 2009, as treatment for a rare blood disorder and it was Anthony Nolan who found the donor who donated their bone marrow to make the operation possible.
Introducing the official charity of the 2015 London Marathon, Cancer Research UK, is Gill Punt. In 2014 Gill ran the Marathon for the second time – in part to remember her Dad, but also for the pupils and teachers at Chigwell School, where she works. Many of them are currently battling various types of cancer, and she wanted to do something positive. She has raised over £20,000 through taking part in the London Marathon and plans to continue this through running the marathon next year. You can support Gill via her Virgin Money Giving page.