On Thursday 6th August 2020, Hugh Brasher, Director of London Marathon Events released the latest and final announcement about the Virgin Money London Marathon, due to take place on Sunday 4th October 2020.
Bringing in over £3 million worth of donations a year, the Virgin Money London Marathon is Children with Cancer UK’s largest single fundraising event, so we are of course extremely disappointed to hear the news that the Marathon will not be taking place as planned this year.
Sadly, this large loss in income will greatly impact the work that we are able to support both this year and beyond. Charities across the UK have seen levels of donations decline as a result of COVID-19 and while in response, charities such as ours are being innovative in the way in which we fundraise, it is clear that the charity sector needs further support from the Government. Due to the cancellation of major fundraising events like the London Marathon, we are facing an income loss of around 40%. A large proportion of our donations go towards research into the causes of childhood cancer and discovering kinder, less toxic treatments – this is crucial to support the 12 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.
We will be adding information on the plans for 2021 over the coming weeks, so please do keep a look out.
We’d love you to be part of our Virgin Money London Marathon charity team. Whether you secure your own place independently of Children with Cancer UK or are allocated one of our London Marathon charity places, you’ll receive the following support from us;
Congratulations to our team of more than 1,200 runners who went the extra mile to help more children ring the end of treatment bell. Thanks to you we can support children with cancer so that they can be with their families for longer.
Simon Benbow, father-of-two and cancer survivor, tackled a 200-mile run from Nantwich to London, all before running in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. ITV Granada interviewed Simon before he set off from Nantwich.
Credit: Granada Reports