Choosing a charity for VLM ballot place entry

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17/10/2013 at 15:16


I was lucky enough to get a ballot place entry into 2014 VLM.


I am not sure which charity to register with - may sound weird but they all do such good work that I am struggling to decide. I would like to run for a charity.


I have not had any real contact with any of them first hand so can't say there is one "close to my heart" - but traditionally I have donated to cancer/childrens charities.


That being said - this is a chance to run for a less known charity and help raise it's awareness and raise some cash.


From a personal point of view - I would like to feel part of a "team"


Does anyone have any ideas/experiences/suggestions?

17/10/2013 at 15:38

The VLM website has a link to lots of charities.

Have a look through then and pick one - as you say, there are no "bad" causes, you have to go with one that feels right for you. 

Personally I would choose a smaller, less well known charity that one of the large ones but that's just me.

Given that you have a ballot place, you could even divide your fundraising across two charities.

17/10/2013 at 15:40

Apologies if I'm stating the obvious.  There's no requirement to raise money for charity, you can just run it.

17/10/2013 at 15:48

I think the OP knows but just wants to raise some money.  

17/10/2013 at 15:52

Find a local hospice, children's hospital ward etc. 

How do you mean part of a team? Run with them on the day, train with them etc?

Why not join a local running club just for the occasional session and the day?



Iron Pingu    pirate
17/10/2013 at 16:07

The first time I did FLM I had a ballot place but was asked by so many people who I was running for a decided to run for Cancer Research.  I only sent a couple of emails around work and on on Facebook and got over £1000! 

17/10/2013 at 16:29

If you really want to do it, and you don't have to, think about something that's personal to you - if you know someone with a particular condition, for example, or have had relatives die from something or other. If all else fails, I'm diabetic and would welcome your contribution to research that would make my life easier... 

17/10/2013 at 16:44
There is no commitment to run for a charity but if you want to it may be good to choose something local that means something to you.
Before VLM this year I had done 5 marathons and never mentioned charity but this year when people heard I was doing London everyone started donating money so in the end I got 500 quid for doing very little.
The only down side I'd that the charity has invited me to their Chrismas ball and want me to do an official presentation of the cheque.
17/10/2013 at 16:46

That's a down side? A free meal is there?

17/10/2013 at 16:48
It's a fee meal but I don't really want to be on the stage or have to make speech etc.
17/10/2013 at 17:37

Just get horrendously drunk first - then you won't remember what a fool you made of yourself.

17/10/2013 at 18:05

This is bizarre!! Do you ask strangers what underwear you should put on? 

You can choose any charity not just the ones on the website. If you are actually asking which ones give you the most benefit / help make your day more fun for you! Then ask that.

17/10/2013 at 18:56

Do you ask strangers what underwear you should put on? 

That's nothing - there was someone who asked what she should wear while swimming in her local pool once. 

18/10/2013 at 13:19

I reckon she should put on those nice black ones, since you're asking on her behalf.

18/10/2013 at 15:36

I was just wondering what underwear do you all wear?

seren nos    pirate
18/10/2013 at 15:43


18/10/2013 at 15:53
booktrunk wrote (see)

This is bizarre!! Do you ask strangers what underwear you should put on? 

That's nothing...  There was someone on these forums once asking what training they should be doing...  And I distinctly remember someone once asking what running shoes they should be wearing!  What's wrong with people eh 

18/10/2013 at 16:38


18/10/2013 at 16:40

But seriously to me choosing a charity to align yourself with for a venture is more personal then what colour underwear if any i'm wearing.

(White with red and silver colour stars from M&S in case you ask).

18/10/2013 at 22:29

Dropping the underpants posts (ooeer) I think people are correct in saying that finding a Charity that means something to you and most likely local would be a good idea and lots/most of the smaller charities never get the chance of offering Golden/Silver Bonds.



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