Virgin London Marathon 2019 here I come!!

Early for a client visit one September morning, I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks while I waited. Whilst sat enjoying my coffee and a danish, I flicked through my Facebook feed, spotting an ad from Helen & Douglas House asking for applicants to run the London Marathon for their charity – and in a moment of madness I had completed the application and hit submit!

I didn’t give it another thought until I received a call late November, from a lovely lady at the hospice telling me that they would love to offer me a place! I put down the phone in shock…. only £2,500 to raise oh, and 26.2 miles to run!!!!

I am by no means a runner and have never ran a marathon before, yet I am really enjoying the challenge so far – even getting up for an 8am, 10 mile run on a Sunday when it’s -7 (!) outside.

So… why did I decide to do this again…?? Oh yes; because Helen & Douglas House are a truly deserving charity who daily change lives and because without the support of us all, they would not be able to afford the £3 million per year that it costs to run the hospice.

At Harwood, we understand the importance of giving something back to our local communities and will strive to help make a difference. It’s not just the charity that benefit from the partnership we have with them; our employees do too. Taking part in an event or holding a fundraiser is a real morale booster and a great way to enjoy some team building.

The training is not easy and it is taking more commitment than I ever imagined; but all I need to do is focus on is the children and families that I will be helping and it will get me across the finish line I’m sure!!

If you would like to know more about Helen & Douglas House, please visit their website –

Or, if you would like to sponsor me, and help make a difference, you can do so via my Just Giving page – you in advance.

Author: Zoe Lidster


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