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Thangam Debbonaire

London Marathon, 28 April 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am running the London Marathon on 28 April to raise money for Bristol Drugs Project’s youth groups, supporting children affected by their family members’ drug or alcohol use.[/p][p]This is a fantastic cause, helping children who have extremely difficult home lives. The groups give children the opportunity to get out for the evening and take part in activities their parents are often unable to coordinate or afford. These groups are the only structured alcohol and drug support for children under 11, offered across Bristol.[/p][p]This is a project I really believe in. Bristol Drugs Project estimates that parents’ drug and alcohol use probably affects at least one child in every classroom in Bristol. The organisers tell me that the groups have a positive effect in building children’s confidence and social skills, potentially helping them throughout their lives. Raising money for such an important cause is motivating me to train even harder.[/p][p]Bristol Drugs Project CEO Maggie Telfer was very grateful that the public had voted for me to support their initiative. In response, she wrote:[/p][p]“We are more than delighted that Bristol Drugs Project’s Youth Groups will benefit from Thangam’s London Marathon run. Our groups support children and young people aged 5-16 whose mum, dad, brother or sister is experiencing problems with their alcohol or drug use. This is often a very lonely place to be.[/p][p]“We are particularly pleased that we’ve been chosen by the public. We will embrace this opportunity to raise the needs of these young people in our communities and reduce the additional stigma which being a parent with an alcohol or drug problem attracts, as we, or rather Thangam, heads to the finish line on 28th April.”[/p][p]Since I was elected in 2015 I have campaigned for reform of our drugs, which are patently not working. Drug use is particularly evident in many parts Bristol West. Our current laws do little to help those affected, including the children of drug users.[/p]

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Emma Williams

That’s a long run, good luck!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sarah Forde

Have worked alongside BDP and really appreciate the work that they do - thank you for doing this and for choosing BDP.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



fair play to ya. bdp are great. i used to volunteer for their youth group and know what amazing work they do for those amazing kids. it's a fantastic project. such a shame that this tory government isn't bothered by projects like these.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



Best of luck, great that Bristol Drugs Project was chosen...I hope you keep fighting for properly funded drug and alcohol services!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Neil and Jessica Bett x

Go Thangam! If your legs are anything like your political judgement, you'll have no problem!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Natasha Price

Well done! Inspired by your politics and your drive! Izi says you're amazing :)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Such a role model in and out of politics. Good luck but remember to look after yourself too!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid



Donating because you’re the only voice in politics as speaking out on the need to for reform of our drugs laws. Good luck and keep on running!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Rosemary Chamberlin

Rather you than me! Good luck and congratulations whatever the time or distance.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Pippa W

You are an inspiration!