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Ian is hoping to raise £3000 for the charity, which works with people in South West London who are disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, mental health issues or the breakdown of their family.
In Ian’s own words, “In 2009 while cycling through Zambia I met an inspirational lady called Elaine Miller. Later that same year I had a rather uninspiring experience when I took on a London taxi & lost out quite badly, in consequence of which I was told that I may not run again & could forget about another marathon.
Carry forward 3 years & I was having dinner with Elaine who has now taken on the role of principal fundraiser for Love Kingston. Over the course of dinner she told me a lot about the charity & then asked if I would run a marathon to raise funds for Love Kingston. It seemed too good a charity & too much of an opportunity to turn down so here I am on the cusp of starting my first marathon on a reconstructed leg asking for your support.”
Along with 35,000 other runners Ian will be tackling the 26.2 mile course on Sunday 21st April. To sponsor Ian, visit his JustGiving page.
Love Kingston is an exciting new campaign to raise vital funds for Kingston’s communities. Their future depends on securing small but vital amounts of funding to reach communities in need.
Love Kingston is supporting five local projects committed to ‘pathways out of poverty’ and building a Legacy Fund for the future - Kingstone Food Bank, Hestia, Oxygen, Kingston Savers Kingston Legacy and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness.
From the Love Kingston website:
“Our vision is of a strong and generous community - where residents, businesses, community groups and government act collectively to create a fair and good society for all who live or work in the borough.
It is easy to forget about the thousands of residents left on the margins. Wealth and poverty live side by side, with middle class terraces, green spaces and trendy high streets blending into run-down estates and empty playgrounds.
Love Kingston is an exciting new charitable venture responding over time to the changing needs of local people.”