Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.
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Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00
Raised offline: £0.00
[vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VjIKpevsmV0?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][img][/img]Much of my adult life has been dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, so it seems obvious to me why I should be running the London Marathon to raise money for [b]Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC)[/b]. As you are already here on my fundraising page, I suspect, like me, you are already convinced of the amazing work that ARC do and why championing our often neglected amphibian and reptile species is worthy of your support. But, perhaps, for those of you who have always been a little confused why I, and others like me, get so excited by and concerned for frogs, toads, newts, snakes, lizards and all other things reptilian and amphibian, here's why I am asking you to donate today.[/p][p]Before getting into the dry facts of why we desperately need your help, the true reason for me doing this, and why I am asking you to donate what you can today, is quite simple. Earlier this year my three year old son, Charles, joined us to survey a local site for reptiles. We were lucky enough to find several slow worms, a grass snake and an adder. The value of this experience to his young, developing mind is hard to measure or define, but it is these experiences that build our connection with the natural world and have inspired so much of the literature and art which we hold dear to us. Sadly, without increased efforts and interventions on our part, opportunities for future generations to encounter wild amphibians and reptiles are being lost. Whether Charles will be able to share this same experience with his children one day in the future depends entirely on our actions today.[/p][p]The Global Amphibian Assessment by the IUCN concluded nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are either threatened or already extinct. At least 42 % of all remaining species are declining, indicating that the number of threatened species can be expected to rise in the future. The Global Reptile Assessment is showing much the same trend, with a fifth of all reptile species threatened with extinction. Urgent action is needed to halt and attempt to reverse these declines.[/p][p]But it's not all doom and gloom! The fantastic work that ARC are doing is helping to turn the tide on these declines. By donating today you can help us to safeguard our native amphibians and reptiles and ensure future generations inherit a better future full of wonder and optimism.[/p][p]On Sunday 28 April 2019 I will be lacing up my running shoes and joining thousands of other people all running to raise money for wonderful charities. Whilst many charities may have multiple runners fundraising for them ARC have just one official spot in the marathon... me. So, I have a lot resting on my shoulders and, therefore, to try to convince you to part with your hard-earned cash I will be running in fancy dress chosen by [b]YOU.[/b][/p][p][b]Votes from both online and offline donations have now been counted and option C was the clear winner. So Ninja Turtle Rafael will be running the streets of London for ARC. Look out for him/me on race day. [/b][/p][p]Thank you for reading my story. Please help today by donating whatever you are able to afford, everything helps! You can also help by sharing this page with friends, family and colleagues who share our vision.[/p][p]Thank you![/p][p]ARC is a Registered Charity (Charity Number: 1130188): [url=http://www.arc-trust.org/]www.arc-trust.org[/url][/p][p][br][/p]
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