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Andrew Daniels

Running the London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Update 22nd April 2020:[/b][/p][p]The London Marathon was scheduled to be this coming weekend - but has understandably had to be postponed. [/p][p]The present challenge of COVID-19 has also been a bit of a bump in the road for my fundraising with things like sweep stakes for the Grand National and Coffee Mornings having to be postponed too. [/p][p]I'm hugely grateful to everyone that has supported Learn English At Home through their sponsorship of my endeavours. The Charity's work goes on, with various modifications to respect social distancing and to keep everyone safe, so the money is going to good use already. [/p][p]I was very mindful that people had put their hard earned money towards my fundraising and I didn't want anyone to feel short changed - at the end of March, with the excellent support of my wife and children, I took on the challenge of a marathon distance run (running solo) from my house in the Lancashire countryside. [/p][p]For those of you that don't know me so well, I'm a reformed rugby player and marathon running isn't something that I have done before - nor something I have the natural physique for. With being a month short on my training plan I was a little apprehensive and therefore both delighted and surprised that I completed the run in 3hrs 55mins.[/p][p]I still intend to run when the London Marathon is rescheduled - so if anyone else feels like sponsoring me, please do. In the mean time, my thanks for all those that have supported thusfar! [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Learn English At Home: teaching English, changing lives[/b][/p][p]Learn English at Home (LEAH) is a small charity with big ambitions. They empower people through language.[/p][p]Their mission is to support ethnic minority adults, including refugees and migrants resident in the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond and Hounslow, to improve their English language skills. They support clients who are unable to access adult education classes because of, for example, their childcare responsibilities, ill health or illiteracy in their first language.[/p][p][br][/p][p]LEAH’s work is unique: they train volunteers to offer a personalised ESOL support (English for speakers of other languages) either 1 to 1 in clients' homes or in small community classes with crèche facilities.[/p][p][br][/p][p]LEAH’s work changes people's lives: the charity enables clients to communicate with their GP, access local services, and make better informed choices for themselves and their families.[/p][p][br][/p][p]By teaching English, LEAH offers clients a means to overcome isolation, increase confidence and empowers them to become active members of society, and in doing this, contributes to building stronger communities.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Your gift could provide:[/p][p][br][/p][p]Volunteer expenses for a week = £5[/p][p]Books to support clients to learn = £10[/p][p]A crèche worker to support a class = £25[/p][p]A community room for a class = £30[/p][p]A DBS check for a volunteer = £50[/p][p]A volunteer thank you event = £100[/p][p]Sponsorship for a vulnerable client to learn with a trained LEAH volunteer for a year = £1,000[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]WHY I’M RUNNING FOR LEAH[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]LEAH can change lives through language. Imagine living in a community where your children can speak English fluently and you are struggling to make yourself understood, where you don’t dare attend a Parents Meeting in case you can’t understand the teacher, where you struggle to make a GP appointment or buy an Oyster card.[/p][p]Now consider having a tutor coming into your home to work just with you, to focus on your particular language needs. From here you stand a chance of progressing to college to build on those skills and even into work. You are much more confident and ready to fully integrate into society.[/p][p][br][/p][p]This really resonated with me, particularly as I had an authentic connection with LEAH’s work. My grandmother retained a family name, De Courcey, her maternal Grandmother’s surname. The De Courcey story is one that has similarities to many of the stories of those that LEAH assists. The family were Huguenots, French Protestants persecuted and exiled from Catholic France. They eventually found a home and welcome in London.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I would like to think that in their time of need, someone showed them kindness, helped them learn English and through that support enabled them to integrate more easily into their adopted country.[/p][p][br][/p][p]And that’s what LEAH does and have been doing quietly but really effectively for over 30 years. I want to connect personally with this good work and enable LEAH to keep doing it. It will be the Angel sitting on my shoulder during the testing moments of the fundraising challenge, the arduous 16-week training plan, the race itself and most of all the last mile where I know I’ll need to draw on every possible source of physical and mental strength to see me through.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Never was this work so badly needed but it can’t be done without financial support like yours.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Please help spur me on by supporting this worthy cause.[/p][p]If you want to know more about LEAH you can find them at [url=http://www.leah.org.uk/]www.leah.org.uk[/url]/[/p][p]Twitter: @LeahLearn[/p][p]Facebook: [url=https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishatHomeLEAH]www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishatHomeLEAH[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p]You can keep up to date with my fundraising (including finding out about some fun things to get involved with) and, if you are really stuck for a laugh, you can see my training progress as I build up to race day via the LEAH website.[/p]

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Apr 17, 2020


Planned, replanned and delivered! Well done Andy.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2020


Well done Andy - great effort and very inspiring

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2020


A worthy cause


Mar 30, 2020


Well done, Andy! Such a great time on your "local" marathon yesterday. Expecting great things at the rearranged London - whenever that might be! Hannah x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2020

Mum and Faf

Brilliant Andrew supported by Mel, Connie and Leo So pleased that LEAH will benefit Mum and Dad


Mar 29, 2020


Well done mate

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Mar 28, 2020


Well done Andy

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 28, 2020


Good work Andy. I thought I saw a prematurely grey runner moving at speed down White House Lane earlier today!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 28, 2020


Mar 27, 2020


Good Luck Andy