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Jon Slate

Jon Slate's fundraising page

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

<p style="text-align: justify;">Hi all. I am running the London Marathon in April and wanted to use this as an opportunity to raise money for a very deserving, but not very widely known, charity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <hr style="text-align: justify;" /> <p style="text-align: justify;">IntoUniversity (<a href="http://www.intouniversity.org">http://www.intouniversity.org</a>) are an organisation who are trying very hard to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to go into Higher Education. At the moment postcode and privilige are huge factors in deciding who goes to university. A child born in a low income postcode district is six times less likely to go to university than one who isn't. 32% of University places are taken by children from independent schools, even though these schools only educate 7% of children. The new tuition fee structure will almost certainly make this situation worse. Addressing this problem really does matter because according to the Office for National Statistics (an independent body) a graduate will earn an average of &pound;12k more per year than a non-graduate. That's half a million quid over a working lifetime. Without making university places more widely accessible the very large poverty gap in this country will not shrink.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <hr style="text-align: justify;" /> <p style="text-align: justify;">IntoUniversity have made a real difference by setting up education centres for those young people that really need them. The centres work by providing an afterschool place where children can study and do their coursework, where they can get extra tuition or where they can get help with literacy and numeracy. The first six centres were opened in London, but there is now also one in Nottingham, and plans for centres elsewhere. The results have been staggering with over 70% of students going to University (much higher than the National average).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <hr style="text-align: justify;" /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Training has been going well and I hope to beat my PB, which is 2 hours 57 minutes. If I stay injury free and all goes well on the day, then I might get close to 2:50. Beating 3 hours 15 mins will give me a 'good for age' time which will guarantee an entry for next year (if I can face it). Hopefully I won't get beaten by too many people dressed as Jimmy Savile (I understand he isn't running this year), Rubik's cubes, Superheroes, Baywatch characters etc etc.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <hr style="text-align: justify;" /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.</p>

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2012 Virgin London Marathon

2012 Virgin London Marathon

22 Apr 2012







Well done!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



Better late than never I guess. I'm referring to my donation, not your marathon time! Congratulations on such a run! (you'll have to go back next year now)

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Clare and David Pye

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Lucy and Rupert

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Simon Goodman

Well done Jon!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Julia & Matt

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Dan & Cam

Good luck Jon!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


The Moshers

We'll be shaking our pom poms for you!! Good luck



Nicola Hemmings

Best of luck. Rather you than me...

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


John Southerington

I'm sure they're called Snickers now, but eating more than 26 of them is quite incredible!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid