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Isobel Doster

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for Shelter

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am really excited, and a little nervous, to be running the 2020 London Marathon for Shelter. [/p][p]Over [b]4,750[/b] people sleep rough on the streets in the UK every night. Being homeless is frightening, demoralising and isolating. Those who are homeless are vulnerable to verbal, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the general public. They deserve to be treated with the same respect as anyone else. [/p][p]There are many misconceptions about homelessness. The people we encounter on the streets have not chosen to be homeless, but have found themselves in this position because something bad has happened and they have been left with nowhere to stay. Not having a home is a barrier to employment, which can make it exceptionally difficult for people to escape their situation. [/p][p]Shelter believe that the right to a safe home is a fundamental human need. They work tirelessly to support those who are homeless or living in poor conditions, and those who are threatened with eviction. Each year, they help an average of [b]170,000[/b] people to fight for their rights, get back on their feet and find and keep a home. They also tackle the root causes of Britain's housing crisis by campaigning for new laws, policies and solutions, such as more social housing and housing safety regulations. [/p][p]Living and working in London, where the homelessness crisis is overwhelmingly visible, I feel really emotional about this issue and have often felt at a loss with how to help. I have always been a keen runner, and running a marathon is some what of a life ambition, but knowing that I'm doing it for a really important cause is what will get me through the 26.2 miles. I am so inspired by the work that Shelter do, and am honoured to be on their team. [b] [/b][/p][p]Thank you so much for your support! [/p][p]Izzie x [/p][p]P.s.[b] [/b]I'm documenting my fundraising and running journey on Instagram, so if you want to see pictures of my terrible attempts at baking and of me looking sweaty, then you can follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/izzielondonmarathon/[/p]

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Supporters

Jul 21, 2019

Alex Watkins

Woo! Best of luck. I’ll join you for some training runs along the way :)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 21, 2019

Callum

Go on Izzie! I'll be there to cheer you on! You'll smash it. Take care of your knees!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid