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On The Run VLM2020

VLM London Marathon 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]So here it is. 4 firefighters, carrying a self built fire engine, 26.2 miles, at this years Virgin London Marathon, for 3 great charities. The Firefighters Charity, Parkinson’s UK and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). [/p][p]Please help us if you can, smash our £10,000 target. [/p][p]Keith, Pete, Rich and Matt are the firefighters from St Marys Fire Station in Southampton taking on this monstrous challenge. [/p][p]Heres why we are doing this......[/p][p][u]Rich is running for The Firefighters Charity.[/u][/p][p]Having run the London Marathon last year raising funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease, the time has come around again to slip on the running shoes and push the boundaries a little further all in the name of Charity...![/p][p]Every year thousands of fire and rescue personnel are physically or psychologically impacted by their work, or injured in a manner that seriously impacts them from doing their job.[/p][p]I have benefited twice from the amazing staff and facilities that the charity fund when recovering from separate broken bone injuries to get me fit and strong and back to work quicker than expected.[/p][p]Any support would be gratefully appreciated and I’ll try to stay injury free in the future.[/p][p]Many thanks, [/p][p]Rich[/p][p][br][/p][p][u]Pete is running for Parkinson’s UK.[/u][/p][p]I ran the Marathon some 20 years ago and always said I’d like to do it again but for charity in some crazy outfit! In 2008 my Dad, Alan, was diagnosed with Parkinsons at the age of 60. He will be 72 in April, having struggled for 11 years. Dad had always been a keen sportsman and he has been deprived of enjoying many of these activities with his grandchildren despite attempting to play cricket and football in the garden.[/p][p]Dad’s Parkinsons proved to be very aggressive and as a result was fitted with a deep brain stimulator in 2012, because his shaking was so severe, and without it he would not have gotten this far. Fitted in Bristol Hospital by the UK Parkinsons centre of excellence, it is here much of the money raised will go to assist operations such as this.[/p][p]He has been able to attend a few speech therapy classes with the East Dorset Parkinsons Uk group. His speech, and walking have been terribly affected and memory is starting to be affected. Things such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs will be needed soon.[/p][p]The support group can offer massage, singing groups and advice. Whilst research is ongoing as to a cause and potentially a cure.[/p][p]Little did I know when I thought about doing the marathon in a crazy outfit, I would end up running with 3 others in a fire engine!!! So we want to raise £10000, but with your help we hope to smash that target and help support people suffering from this horrible condition. [/p][p]Thankyou[/p][p][br][/p][p][u]Keith is running for JDRF.[/u][/p][p]My daughter Sophia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was just 14 months old. Sophia is now 4, so far in her short life she has had approximately 6500 fingerpricks, 400 cannula insertions and 200 sensor insertions. An awful lot more than a 4 year old should have to have. All these involve quite intrusive needle insertion into her body which is something that is very upsetting and challenging for her, as well as Laura and I as her parents and carers. [/p][p]Sophia’s Type 1 Diabetes means she is insulin dependant. Due to this auto-immune disease, her pancreas doesn’t produce the insulin like yours and my pancreas produce every time we eat or drink something. This means everything she eats and drinks, has to be measured and weighed and to ensure we give her the correct amount of insulin to try to prevent her blood sugars going too high or too low. Both of which can lead to health complications and the worst if not treated correctly. [/p][p]JDRF are the leading charity in the development of new technology and research into finding a cure for this horrible, chronic, disease my daughter has to live with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m doing this ‘little run’ to hopefully help fund that technology and research to make my little girls life as normal, and pain free as possible in the future. [/p][p]Please, if you can spare any amount to help us, it will be appreciated greatly.[/p][p]Thank you, [/p][p]Keith. (Berty)[/p][p][br][/p][p][u]Matt is running for The Firefighters Charity.[/u][/p][p]Running the London marathon has been a dream of mine but in my head, I hadn’t quite pictured doing it as a big red Fire engine. My dream of completing the race in a time I could boast about, may have been shattered. Yet running for a cause I truly believe in and in a way that will raise awareness has made up for that. The fire fighters charity have supported many of my colleagues & although I haven’t used the services they provide, I know they are there whenever needed. I can not wait till race day and to do it with 3 good friends alongside me will make it even more enjoyable. #vlm2020[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thanks for looking at our page and story. [/p]

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Supporters

Feb 23, 2020

The Letleys

Good luck guys! Go and smash it (the target, not the awesome fire engine costume!) You’ve got this 👊🏻 Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 21, 2020

Anonymous

Having 2grandchildren with type one diabetes and a brother in law with Parkinson's we would like to donate to your marathon run .Have a great day

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Feb 21, 2020

Garry Hall

Saw you guys down along the beach earlier. I was the guy in the London Marathon reject vest. Keep it and good luck on the big day

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 20, 2020

Kelly and Toby

Good luck boys 🤜🤛

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Feb 20, 2020

Tom

All the best lads!

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Feb 15, 2020

Anonymous

Feb 14, 2020

Terry Tasker 32

Well done guys GO FOR IT!!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Feb 14, 2020

Jason Bardell

Best of luck to you all, great costume and great charities, will be cheering you on.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 13, 2020

Catherine Pearce

Feb 13, 2020

Lins Stephenson

Good luck, hope it all goes to plan!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid