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Richard Elsley

London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]This year I am counting myself lucky enough to be able to run the London Marathon for the third time for my chosen charity, the Book Trade Charity (formerly known as the Book Trade Benevolent Society BTBS). [/p][p]I first ran this race for the charity in 2013, at the tender age of 48 and not having run any great distance since leaving school. It is fair to say it has been a life changing event and I now regularly run half marathons around the country, with the odd full one to keep me on my toes.[/p][p]Having worked in the Book Trade in one role or another for my entire career, being able to raise money for the main trade charity is something I feel very strongly about.[/p][p]Established 1837, BTBS is the book trade’s own welfare charity, offering help to anyone who has worked in the trade (employed, self-employed or freelance) in a range of roles across publishing, distribution and bookselling and who has a problem, whether personal, financial or health related. The Charity offers direct financial assistance to individuals in need through its Grants programme, giving over one hundred and sixty thousand pounds in 2016 and subsidised housing for some forty people at Kings Langley in Hertfordshire and thirty people at Whetstone in London. It has recently launched new initiatives to support young people entering the trade and undertaking internships. BTBS helps around 200 people a year, in circumstances which include disability, long-term illness, redundancy, debt including rent arrears, poverty, carer situations. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations - all eligible for gift aid, of course.[/p]

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2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018


The Book Trade Charity

The Book Trade Charity



Vivien Godfrey and the Stanfords team

Richard, best wishes for a successful run.




Good luck Richard. I hope it's cooler for you on Sunday. xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Rather you than me. Best wishes, Bill

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid




David Lane

Good luck Richard

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Colette Cotter

Best of luck, weather looks good.



Dubray Books

Good luck Richard!




Well done Richard!



Frank OMahony

Best of luck from all in O'Mahony's



Stephen Cutler

Good luck Richard from all at UKGlobal.