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Karen Anderson

Running the Virgin Money London marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]At least once in each of our lives we have thought about doing something completely 'out there' and for me it has been running the London marathon! I'm not a natural runner, my body type is closer to moose than gazelle but when I decide to do something I give it my absolute all. I love a challenge and I can't think of a bigger personal challenge than running a marathon in the greatest city in the world![/p][p][b]So why am I running for Mencap?[/b] Well first of all, I work for Mencap and am therefore able to see the incredible work that is done each day supporting people with learning disabilities to live their best possible lives. I am also privvy to the incredible amount of campaigning that we do on behalf of people with a learning disability - including voting, health and relationships. I also have a deeply personal reason for doing this, my 5 year-old grandson James has a learning disability and is non-verbal. The work that Mencap does will benefit him and our family and so I can't think of a better way to show him how much I love him than by pushing myself to my limits.[/p][p]Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life with almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spending less than 1 hour outside their home on a typical Saturday. [/p][p]They face barriers finding a job, accessing activities in their local community and receiving good quality healthcare. We tackle these issues head on by providing support in a way that meets individual needs and encourages greater independence. [/p][p]We give expert advice and information that empowers people and their families. And we campaign relentlessly for changes that brings greater equality for people with a learning disability.[/p][p]By supporting Team Mencap you will be helping us to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, and do the things they love.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mencap. [/p][p]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. [/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Dec 13, 2019


Good luck, Karen!


Dec 12, 2019


Thanks for all the amazing cakes Karen! x


Dec 12, 2019



Dec 4, 2019



£3.00 plus £0.75 Gift Aid

Dec 3, 2019

Heather cake raffle

Nov 29, 2019


Nov 28, 2019

The Guvnor

Donation for the lovely crafts :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 27, 2019


Thanks for the cake Karen


Nov 27, 2019

Sam Beddall


Nov 27, 2019

Megan Clark