London Marathon 2020
26th April 2020
Your fundraising could make all the difference...
Dig Deep With Penny Appea- You can run the Virgin Money London Marathon to fund the construction of an entire water well that will serve a community day in, day out, providing them with fresh, clean water. We all know that water is an essential need – but as well as being integral to stay hydrated, it is also indispensable to feed livestock and other animals so a regular source of income can be maintained, paving the way for the freedom of self-sufficiency we take for granted. Penny Appeal’s Dig Deep campaign aims to provide safe, clean drinking water for children, families and the elderly living in Africa
Meet some of our runners...
Lynne Northcott - AKA @JogonHijabi
"I applied for a London Marathon charity place with Penny Appeal because it was a personal challenge that I wanted to achieve before turning 40 in July 2019. I had never ran a marathon before, and I thought my first one had to be London! Fundraising for water wells in the Gambia gave me the motivation to keep going when the training got tough. In the last few weeks before tapering I was running for up to 8 hours per week. Keeping in mind the hundreds of lives that would be transformed, kept me striving. The actual day, the hottest London Marathon on record, was amazing. Water stations were running out of water and runners were calling out to spectators if they had any to share with them. True to my nickname "Jogonhijabi" I just kept jogging on. Feeling the thirst only gave me extra zeal to complete the miles, thinking of the people of Gambia who walk miles in the heat to collect and carry water back to their homes. I was a little worried at first about the fundraising target but I had so much support from friends, family and the online community, and managed to raise over £17,000. I really appreciated the support I received from Penny Appeal with my fundraising and the peer support from the rest of the team was great too. I felt like I was part of the Team Orange family. I even went to visit one of my wells that was being built, whilst I was on holiday in Africa. This only spurred me on to fundraise even more. Running with Penny Appeal has been one of the best chapters of my life, it could be your favourite moment too."
Haroon Mota - Penny Appeal Fundraising Manager
AKA 'Marathon Man'
"I absolutely love running and nothing satisfies me more than bringing people together to get active for good causes and helping motivate others to achieve their goals. I've applied in the London Marathon ballot for 8 consecutive years and have never been successful, but it hasn't stopped me getting here. I've now ran the London Marathon 6 times and have always ran for charity. We've just had an amazing 2019 London Marathon campaign which saw our team raise over £50,000. The majority of our runners were first timers so it's a great achievement for them to complete 26.2 miles for the first time. We're extremely proud of our runners and hope that more people will join us for 2029. Enter the ballot if you fancy your luck, but if you're serious about taking on the challenge then you really should apply for one of our charity places. Hurry, we have limited spaces".