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#fundraiserfriday: Mark Newman for GOSH

Mark Newman

The Royal Parks Foundation Half marathon takes this Sunday with thousands of runners running through the beautiful Royal Parks of London, many of them raising money for charity. One such runner, who has so far raised over £6,000 (incl. Gift Aid) for Great Ormond Street Hospital, is Mark Newman.

Mark told us a bit more about why he chose the Royal Parks Foundation Half, and why chose Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A good friend has a young child with leukaemia and is receiving extensive treatment at Great Ormond Street, who have been fantastic.  I asked the father what we could do to help, recognising we live overseas, and he praised the staff at GOSH and said raising funds for them would be great.

I chose the event as it met all my requirements – I could support a charity that I fundamentally believe in and to give back to them, it was the right time of year coinciding with a family visit to the UK from where we live in Singapore, and it was the right distance for a challenging fitness objective for me.

When asked Mark what the hardest thing about preparing for the event has been, he said “The training of course!  Also Singapore currently has a haze problem caused by fires in Sumatra, that increase the pollution levels to dangerous highs.  So training outside has been a real challenge for the last 4 weeks.

Opening in 1852 as the first hospital in the UK to offer dedicated inpatient care to children, Great Ormond Street is now one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals treating a wide variety of life limiting illnesses in children of all ages.

Mark tells us “A proud moment recognising that through my efforts, and many very generous donations from friends, colleagues and family, that in some small way we have given something back to the amazing institution of Great Ormond Street Hospital.”

You can support Mark Newman via his Virgin Money Giving page.

The Marathon Man

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Just like everyone that watches the Virgin Money London Marathon on TV, Rob Young was inspired by what he saw. But unlike everyone else who just went back to their daily routine the next day, Rob decided to take on an incredible, some might say crazy challenge – to run at least a marathon, every day, for 365 days.

By the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 Rob a.k.a Marathon Man UK will have smashed the Guinness World Record for the number of marathons run in one year (male). And also fundraised a phenomenal amount of money for charities close to his heart. At present he’s raised £16,678 but his target is £200,000 to help three charities – NSPCC, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dreams Come True.

We were very inspired by Rob’s story so we recorded an interview for you to be suitably amazed too, make a cuppa and enjoy…

Why did you choose the three charities you did to support? 

What’s been the most rewarding part of doing this challenge?

What are the difficulties with your challenge?

Why did you choose to do this challenge?

Were you a keen runner anyway? 

Have you had to get a whole team in place around you (physios, nutritionists, etc)?

Have you ever done anything like this before? 

What’s that inspirational quote, line or thought that keeps you going over all of those miles and miles of running? 

Inspired? Donate here to help the Marathon Man reach his target. Plus you can follow his epic journey to the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 start line here.

Canada – Coast to coast


Jamie McDonald is currently near Revelstoke in British Columbia, Canada. He has travelled there from St John’s, Labrador, Canada. That’s a distance of approximately 4,017 miles. But Jamie didn’t fly that distance, neither did he drive, take the bus or travel by train. He’s attempting to become the first Brit – and the first person in almost 15 years – to run solo, coast to coast across Canada in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Pied Piper Appeal.

Jamie spent a great deal of his childhood in hospital with a number of conditions including epilpepsy and syringomyelia, a very rare spinal condition that also affects the immune system. Now an adult, he’s hoping to raise money for the charities that helped him get through some tough times as a child. The Pied Piper Appeal was founded in 1992 to improve the lives of sick children in Gloucestershire. Its initial creation was to fund a new hospital for children in the county but has gone on to help sick children from across the country in many different ways. Great Ormond Street Hospital provides the best available care to ill children, as well as pioneering treatments and cures for childhood illnesses and sees 220,000 patients a year. Both charities helped Jamie and his family greatly when he was a child.

This isn’t the first big challenge Jamie has embarked on. In 2012, Jamie cycled from Bangkok, Thailand to his home in Gloucestershire, a total of 14,000 miles. It didn’t sound like the easiest of bike journeys: “Along the way I was shot at, arrested and slept rough.”  Then upon returning home, he went on to beat the world record for static cycling, in his spare time. He cycled for 265 hours straight – that’s more than eleven days!

Jamie began his latest challenge,  to run more than 5,000 miles across Canada from St John’s in Labrador to Vancouver in March last year.  Before he left he said:  “I’ll face snow storms, -30°C temperatures, hundreds of miles without food and water and Grizzly Bears, all whilst carrying a 30kg backpack, the weight of an average 9 year old boy!“.

As he nears the end of his latest challenge, Jamie is hoping to raise £60,000 which will be split between his two chosen charities.

Show your support for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Pied Piper Appeal by donating on Jamie’s Virgin Money Giving page, or you can visit his website and watch the amazing video blogs made along the journey of his incredible challenge. You can also follow his progress on Twitter and on Facebook.

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