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14/04/2010 at 10:18

If you've been following my last thread you will have seen the bizarre ramblings of a number of forumites, working a thread towards 2620 posts.  Those forumites have now been taken away in strait jackets and it's time for some sensible people to earn their charities some money.  So here are the rules.....


I have a charity cheque for £26.20 for a forumite who is running the London Marafun.  This cheque will go to the person I think is most deserving.  This could be a person who has had the hardest journey to get to the race or the person who has the most deserving charity.  I'm looking for people who are running for a cause that really means something to them.  You can nominate someone else (last year's winner was nominated by a whole bunch of people) and I encourage you to post your Just Giving web page addresses so anyone reading this can donate as well.

The judge's decision is final and I'll make that decision next week.  Let's say..... Wednesday.

So..... tell me why I should give you the money...

14/04/2010 at 11:03
If it's okay with Mister W - I'll chuck in another #26.20... and double the amount. He can make the decision where it goes.
Edited: 14/04/2010 at 11:04
14/04/2010 at 11:37

I am running for Bowel and Cancer Research as my grandma died of this disease as unbeknown to her she had the Coeliac condition, which went undiagnosed until she had been laid low in her early  50s. I too now have this Coeliac condition and have had if for 17 years but thankfully due to a diagnosis I shouldn't go on to develop Bowel Cancer.  My best mates 15 year old lad has also got this developing rapidly. We are both going to be cycling from north to south of the UK and then I am doing the Great North Run also this year. As a 48 year old with skinny legs stuck under a desk most of the day I am hoping I can make it.

I have tried three times to do the LM but failed due to injuries this year with only 10 days to go its looking good.  Two years ago I broke my ankle 8 days before the race.

I need another £500 to reach my target please help me out. Many thanks.

14/04/2010 at 12:02

Hi guys,

What a great idea, fair play to you.

I am running the Marathon for Two charities again this year. So that would be £26.2 for each.

The first is the Stroke Association who, although are a large Charity, provide a large amount of support for my 62 year old Dad who suffered a massive stroke at the young age of 57. This was 2 weeks after he retired from work, hoping to spend his retirement with my Mum and on the golf course! The work The Stoke Association have done for him, has at least allowed him to meet people in the same situation and have provided support and occupational physio to allow him to at least get to the toilet on his own, restoring some dignity.

The second charity is Martin House Children's Hospice. This was only the second Childrens hospice in the UK when it opened in 1987, and as a family we have supported them as much as we possibly can. They provide a refuge for both the terminally ill children and just as importantly the children's parents and family. Children can stay at the hospice right until the end, and the family can sit with the children to say goodbye for as long as they wish after they have died. The hospice is completely funded by charitable donations, and although we all hope we never have to use there facilities, at least they are there if the unimaginable should happen.


14/04/2010 at 13:14

Hi there,

I am running the marathon for Cruse Bereavement Care in memory of three people and for the families of people who have experienced death, in whatever form.

Firstly - Phil and Alex Kent - who died in a house fire in 2003. Phil being an excellent friend of mine when I was between 17 and 20yrs old, and his older brother - who ironically was an off-duty fireman.  I first became aware of Cruse as a charity after really struggling to come to terms with their death and whilst I did not use their services at the time, felt reassured by their presence.

Secondly, is Frank Forsyth, who's my boyf's father (I guess he'd have been my father in law in a few years time!) who committed suicide in August 2009.  Cruse have been brilliant in supporting my OH's family through this sudden tragedy in their really close family unit. 

Please check out my Justgiving site

Many thanks


14/04/2010 at 13:36

sorry here is my web page

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
14/04/2010 at 14:12

*struggles out of straightjacket*

I am running for Asthma UK. My primary involvement with them is via their residential children's holidays, where children with asthma can get involved in activities that may have been denied to them in other environments due to their asthma. Last year we had a kids whose school wouldn't let him go swimming, play football, do PE etc because he had asthma - it was such a shame, as he participated fully in all the activities during the week without any problems, yet this part of his childhood was being denied him by an educational establishment with incredibly poor understanding of asthma. 

Anyhow, through these holidays I have met a great many wonderful friends with extremely severe, brittle and life-threatening & restricting asthma who, despite significant disablement & too many medications to count, daily nebulisers and regular hospital admissions, remain positive, vibrant and active role models for the kids.  They would dearly love to run a marathon, but can't, so I'm doing it for them. 

I have asthma myself, (BTS stage 4 if that means anything to anyone) but determination and training and regular meds ensure that I try not to let it affect my running.

My page:


14/04/2010 at 14:15

I vote for BB as she did loads of work on the other thread!!!

Up the Python!!

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
14/04/2010 at 14:18

Aw, fanks, FF!


14/04/2010 at 15:17

In June 2007 my wife was walking along a footpath when she misplaced her step and fell 15 metres down a ravine. She broke her arms in various places, a few ribs, dislocated a shoulder, fractured her pelvis, punctured a lung and broke two of her vertebrae.  

 In time, all of the other injuries would heal but if the spinal fractures had moved, even only by a matter of millimetres, it would have damaged the spinal cord causing irreparable damage and leaving my wife paralysed. 

It was only thanks to an immediate operation to stabilise the fractures and then subsequent operations that meant that this did not happen.  

I’m running for Spinal Research as they fund research looking to repair spinal cord damage, research that made my wife’s operations possible, research that means she can walk today.  

As well as running the London Marathon, I’ll also be running in the Edinburgh Marathon 4 weeks later… 

Thanks for reading


Edited: 14/04/2010 at 15:18
14/04/2010 at 15:20

Yes I vote BB too! Two reasons, one because of her contribution to the aforementioned thread for the deluded. Two, because I'm a sucker for children's charities.

Good luck to the rest of you with your fund raising also.

Lee the Pea    pirate
14/04/2010 at 15:41
I vote for Basil   Not because the other's are undeserving, far from it, but just because Basil is lovely   (if every so slightly unhinged )
14/04/2010 at 16:45

My charity: The Stroke Association.  Did you know that Stroke is the major cause of long term disability?  Which costs the NHS major money, besides the human costs...  The SA helps make sure everyone gets the proper short term, long term and preventative care: many strokes are preventable.

My dad had a stroke following heart surgery.  Though to most people he appears to have recovered well, those who know him know differently.  He worked in computer programming from the very early days, but now has trouble with simple computing tasks, which he finds very frustrating. He has trouble with fine movements (eg dressing himself, shaving) and with eating: he has trouble swallowing so often has to spit out chewed food.  It probably would have been worse without the physio etc he got after his stroke.

My journey: training has not gone well... besides the weeks of ice I've also had a chest infection and suspected norovirus.  There's also been a few weeks when I haven't run due to work.  I know, you've heard that before, but I do have a job where I work 7 days a week, up to 15 hours a day over christmas, and covering 12-15 miles per day some weeks.  I have tried fitting running into that... unfortunately it turns out running too much on concrete pavements wrecks my legs!  In spite of that I have (sort of...) trained up to 18 miles.  With my job walking a marathon isn't really a problem, and I've done run/walk before.  However I'm hoping to run the whole way and take an hour off my time: a bit of an 'Eddie Izzard' challenge for me!

I'm on a ballot place this time, but am still working on the target for a previous gold bond place (the gold bond has been well and truley paid for, but I didn't raise as much as hoped, so want to reach that goal!)  While I'm sort of hoping increased work contacts are going to help this time, fact is last time my friends proved skint/tight (most folks I know are on benifits...) so could do with some help!

I'm also exploiting cute kittens for money...

seren nos    pirate
14/04/2010 at 16:48

I think no one but Mr W should give a vote

If anyone else wants to vote then they should vote with their hands and click on the appropriate give giving pages

M...eldy    pirate
14/04/2010 at 16:56
I have a fabulous story but I am doing Windy Marathon so I am not telling  
14/04/2010 at 16:58

Good plan, Seren.  If any of these stories strike a chord with you then get your credit card out and get clicking on the Just Giving page.

14/04/2010 at 17:11

hi iam running on a ballot place , and raising money for a small local charity all my reasons and details can be found at

p.s. the poorly man was my dad..

good luck to everyone and i hope you all achieve your goals 

alan xxx

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
14/04/2010 at 18:04
Completely agree - tis lovely to have voices of support, but it's Mr W's decision
14/04/2010 at 19:39

Sorry to sidetrack a bit, but A Pearson - did someone really sponsor you £0.039????  I think you're worth sponsoring just to balance that piece of idiocy!  I just need to find my card...!  I keep looking back at it and thinking I must have mis-read...  Did I?

14/04/2010 at 20:22
that £0.039 looks like a sponsored click from a web page to me!
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