Sir Steve Redgrave smashes world record for fundraising as Lloyd Scott completes Flora London Marathon in suit of armour

30 April 2006

If Lloyd Scott remains on schedule, he will complete the Flora London Marathon around 10am on Monday 1 May.

Sir Steve Redgrave will be present to welcome Lloyd and announce he has raised £1,806,916.84, smashing the world record for fundraising by over half a million pounds. Once all pledged donations have been received the amount will be submitted to Guinness World Records for verification. PLEASE NOTE: the final figure could be higher.

It would have taken Lloyd just over 8 days to complete the course, which he started on Sunday 23 April. Dressed in a full suit of armour weighing 100lbs and dragging a 200lb dragon behind him, Lloyd will complete the marathon to support Sir Steve Redgrave’s attempt to break the world record or individual fundraising. Sir Steve’s target to beat the current Guinness World Record was £1,252,467 with all proceeds being spilt between 3 charities including Lloyd’s favourite charity CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA, the Steve Redgrave Trust and the Association of Children’s Hospices. Sir Steve has already received support from Somerfield, David Lloyd Leisure, Lloydspharmacy, Concept 2 and Mazars, and is hoping that the public will join those companies in digging deep into their pockets to help him out.

Lloyd, probably the best known fundraiser in the UK who walked the London Marathon in a deep sea diving suit in 2002, has been staying at well known London landmarks throughout his journey including Cutty Sark, Greenwich Observatory, Globe Theatre, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge. This year’s event will also mark the 20th anniversary of Lloyd’s own leukaemia diagnosis and he’s keen to inspire those currently suffering and receiving treatment.


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  • Sir Steve Redgrave’s world record attempt will raise money for three charities. They are:

CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA
CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is Britain’s leading charity dedicated exclusively to the conquest of childhood leukaemia through pioneering research, new treatment and support of leukaemic children and their families.

The Steve Redgrave Trust
The Steve Redgrave Trust was established in 2001 by five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave with a mission to raise and distribute £5 million in five years to help improve opportunities for children and young people across the UK. The Trust is currently working with secondary schools around the country to increase the level of physical activity available to pupils.

The Association of Children’s Hospices
The Association of Children's Hospices (ACH) is the national voice for children’s hospice services and the children and families they care for. ACH strives to ensure the estimated 20,000 life-limited children in the UK, and their families, have access to the unique range of services children’s hospices provide. Children’s hospice services help children and their families with the challenges that having a life-limiting illness brings, helping them to make the most of life. They welcome the whole family for a break together or time to themselves in a home-from-home environment or in their own home. They offer a diverse range of services including specialist care, 24-hour telephone support, practical help, advice and information and bereavement support for the family. There are 38 operational children’s hospices in the UK with a further five in development. Each service is a registered charity that relies on public support to fund their work.

  • A number of companies are supporting Sir Steve’s marathon. They include:

Somerfield
Somerfield is one of the UK's leading high street food retailers. The Group's vision is to create the UK's leading convenience and local food retailer with a strong presence on the high street. It is also committed to giving something back to the communities in which we operate. Since Somerfield adopted the Association of Children’s Hospices as its charity of the year in July 2005, its 52,000 staff and customers have raised over £1million towards its target of £1.5million. With the store's biggest single fundraising event - the Somerfield charity ball - due to take place on board the Queen Mary 2 in Southampton on Friday 21 April 2006, it is hoped the target will then be beaten and a new one set.

David Lloyd Leisure
David Lloyd Leisure is the leading racquets, health and fitness club brand in the UK. It has 58 clubs in the UK and Ireland including 43 tennis centres, meeting the health and fitness needs of more than 300,000 members. At David Lloyd Leisure, our personal trainers develop a personalised programme based on your individual goals, needs, wants and abilities. The goals are carefully designed to be realistic and achievable, and whatever activities we agree with you, we ensure they are fun, varied and motivational. The programme is designed to offer long-term success and a gradual, tangible improvement in health, fitness and well-being. Goals such as The David Lloyd Leisure Great Mile Runs or The Great Caledonian Run can provide perfect inspiration and encouragement to train regularly towards achieving a personal best time – or simply completing the race!

Lloydspharmacy
Lloydspharmacy is the largest community pharmacy operator in the UK, with 1524 pharmacies located primarily in the community and health centres. It is our aim to have the leading range of healthcare products and services always presented at their best. In order to achieve this aim we have developed a highly skilled and motivated workforce through training and personal development programmes. We pride ourselves on the special relationships we have developed with our customers to understand their needs and how we can help to meet those needs through excellence service. We have created a comprehensive and innovative range of pharmacy healthcare products and services which we deliver from our modern, well positioned and efficiently managed pharmacies.
Lloydspharmacy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celesio AG, the leading pharmaceutical distribution company in Europe.

Concept 2
Concept 2 is the world's leading manufacturer of rowing machines. This year the company celebrates 25 years of the ubiquitous Concept 2 Indoor Rower, which today is widely recognised as an icon of fitness and training. The machine is used extensively by rowers worldwide and can be found in almost every UK gym and health club. It is used as a cross training device in almost every sport, from athletics to Formula One, and has created the sport of indoor rowing with the British Indoor Rowing Championship now the largest indoor sports event in the country. More recently it has been chosen by the Steve Redgrave Trust as the most suitable exercise for a city-wide schools physical activity initiative designed to improve levels of health and fitness, self-confidence, self-esteem and interest in living a healthy lifestyle.

Mazars
Mazars LLP is the UK firm of Mazars, an international firm specialising in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services, operating in 58 countries worldwide. Our clients include international corporate groups and listed companies (15% of the FTSEurofirst 100), public sector bodies (one of only a small number of auditors appointed by the Audit Commission and as contractors to the National Audit Office), a wide range of owner-managed businesses (some of the UK’s fastest growing entrepreneurial businesses as measured by The Sunday Times Fast Track league table) and numerous private individuals. Mazars offers a complete range of accountancy and business advisory services including: audit and assurance, tax advisory and compliance, corporate recovery and insolvency, consulting, forensic and investigations, corporate finance and financial services for private individuals. Mazars LLP is currently ranked as the tenth largest partnership in the UK terms of audit fee income. The firm employs approx 1000 people, and has approx 100 partners based through out the country in its 18 offices.


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