Runners with a ballot place in this year’s London Marathon are being urged to join Team Martin House and raise money for seriously ill children and young people.

Ballot places for the marathon are announced on February 8th, and Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young is calling on runners who have their own place to join its team.

Nikki Denton, events fundraising manager at Martin House, said:

“The London Marathon is the ultimate goal for runners, but it also raises millions for charity every year, so it was a double blow that it couldn’t take place in 2020.

“We’re hoping that people who have been lucky enough to win a ballot place in this year’s marathon will consider joining our team of runners, and raise money for Martin House.

“We offer full support to everyone who runs for Martin House, and our runners can take part in the world’s greatest marathon knowing they are also helping children and young people with serious and complex health needs benefit from our care.”

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, including respite, emergency and end of life care, and bereavement support for families.

Gavin Phillis after completing the London Marathon in memory of his daughter Esme

Gavin Phillis, who has run the London Marathon twice for Martin House, in memory of his daughter Esme, said:

“People should run for Martin House because you don’t know what it does until you really need it.

“Martin House was there for me, my wife and family after Esme passed away. They gave me the opportunity to grieve and understand my grief, and gave me the support I needed that I couldn’t get anywhere else.

“My experience of running the London Marathon was phenomenal, the atmosphere, the crowds, the iconic landmarks – it is incredible. But for me it was also about trying to give back to an organisation that had been there for me in my most difficult times.

“By running for Martin House, you are helping to ensure it can give the great love and care to young people and their families when they need it.”

This year’s London Marathon is due to take place on Sunday 3rd October. Find out more and register your interest in running for Martin House here or email events@martinhouse.org.uk.

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