I came across these two very special charities through my friend and fellow runner Stephen McKee who inspired me to see if this year I could make a big push to raise some money for some of their special projects. As you can see from the links above that both charities work to put the power back into the hands of those who they work with.
Firstly, the Mali Development Group, who raises money to support social, health, economic, and political development in Mali, West Africa. The work is done by Malians for Malians, using methods that involve local people and are rooted in local communities.
Secondly, The Running Charity who develop and deliver personalised programmes to support some of the most vulnerable young people in London and Manchester. They believe that running builds resilience, confidence and self-esteem and use this to improve the lives of 16-25 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
As I am the only London Marathon runner for these charities I am really trying to smash my target by doing other events such as cake bakes with my kids, selling online and a fundraiser evening so I'd be really really grateful if you could take the time to sponsor me on the above links....when you hit donate it will be directed to the MDG Charity but we will then be splitting donations equally with The Running Charity once the page closes.
Just to let you know that anyone who is a connected person to me sadly cannot Gift Aid their donations, including:
- A wife, husband or partner
- A relative
- A company under the control of a connected person