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Claire Riddell

Claire Runs The London Marathon 2020

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My story

[p][br][/p][p]I have been keen to run the London Marathon since graduating in 2015 so I am absolutely thrilled to have a place in this year’s marathon thanks to my uncle, Michael and his company, RMS, who have secured my entry.[/p][p]One key element for my motivation to run the marathon is to give back and raise money for two great causes. The first is Home-Start (Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire branch) and the other a small charity related to my work called Meeting Needs. The money will be split evenly between the two charities and every penny will count. Both of these are small self-funding charities that do not receive large grants.[/p][p]Please read on to find out why I am fundraising for these causes. I will be grateful for anything you can do to support me however big or small.[/p][p]Thank YOU so much! Claire 😊 [/p][p]P.S I hope you like the picture of me aged 5 in my first running race at my school sports day![/p][p]- - - - - - - - - - - - -[/p][p]HOME-START[/p][p]My first charity, Home-Start (Royston, Buntingford &South Cambridgeshire), is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through challenging times. The charity is there for parents when they need them the most because childhood can’t wait![/p][p]Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement, and other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. It might be supporting parents and children to be ready to start school, helping families access local services or attending appointments with them. In addition, Home-Start runs family groups, organises day trips and Christmas parties too. To date nationally Home-Start has supported 27,000 families and 56,000 children to transform their lives.[/p][p]I am specifically supporting the Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire branch of the charity for reasons close to my heart. Sadly, when my mum was 7 months pregnant with me, I lost my dad in a car accident. This has always been a huge loss to my whole family and me. I am told my dad was a man with a big heart and a lively sense of fun who would be so very proud of everything my mum, my two brothers and I have achieved. Therefore, I have chosen to raise money for Home-Start because I know the importance of support and care when a family is faced with challenging times. We were lucky enough to receive enormous amounts of love, care and kindness from friends, family and people unknown to us. This enabled us to get through the dark times and move forward in our lives. Since retiring my mum has become a volunteer for the Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire branch and relishes the opportunity to support families in the same way that we were supported.[/p][p]- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -[/p][p]MEETING NEEDS[/p][p]My second charity, Meeting Needs, is founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events Industry. Meeting Needs aims to raise funds for worthy causes relevant to the events industry. This is also a personal cause as, since commencing work in this industry, I have come to realise that events can change people’s lives, the London Marathon being a perfect example.[/p][p]Meeting Needs supports projects both here in the UK and overseas. The money I raise will go to one specific project of my choice. One example of a current project that Meeting Needs is supporting is the JAFUTA Foundation, a project in Zambia. In 2018 it assisted with funds for a Girls’ Dignity project. The money donated by Meetings Needs has allowed the project to conduct six training sessions making quality sanitary items for girls in the rural areas. The project is also offering school sewing clubs where students are taught to make re-useable hygiene kits. This is just one example of the amazing projects Meeting Needs support and as I said before every penny really does count![/p]

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Feb 29, 2020

Lynn and Colin

Good Luck Claire


Feb 28, 2020


Go Doris! X

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 22, 2020

Sophie Eyles

Good luck Claire I know you’ll smash it! I’ll be there cheering you on xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 20, 2020

Sheila Bidgood

Amazing effort, you're going to do brilliantly.


Feb 14, 2020

Laura Houlihan

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 14, 2020


Good luck Claire! X

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Feb 14, 2020


Good luck Claire! You will absolutely smash it, I know and I will be there cheering you on when you whizz right past me! Running for amazing charities, proud of you! Love you lots x


Feb 13, 2020


Good luck Claire

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Feb 13, 2020

Meryl and Jake

This is amazing Claire! Good luck with the training, I’m sure you will smash it! We will be watching on the TV from Asia to see if we can spot you xxxxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 12, 2020

John Tite

Always inspired by your strength and determination.Run Doris Run!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid