Marathon Marvels

This year, we were lucky enough to have no fewer than four people running for GAIN in the Virgin Money London Marathon! A massive thank you for doing a phenomenal job, raising well in excess of £12,000 including Gift Aid in total!

Oliver Bray

GAIN silver bond runner, running in memory of his mum. £4,677 (plus Gift Aid) and counting of a £4000 target!

“In September 2013 I lost my mother, Kate to an extremely rare and acute form of Guillain-Barre syndrome. It was a great shock to all my family. Mum went from having a common illness to complete paralysis, then us saying goodbye in the space of a few days. She was treated at the John Radcliffe Neurology Department. At the time none of us had heard of Guillain-Barre syndrome, so I see running the London Marathon for GAIN not only as a personal challenge, but to raise awareness for this rare condition in my Mum’s memory”

Jade Elton

Public ballot place, running for her best friend’s mum. £5,193.74 (Plus Gift Aid) of a £3,000 target!

“Sadly, I have seen what this rare autoimmune condition can do to people. I will be running the London Marathon for my best friend’s mum who has sadly been in hospital for just over 2 years. I will be wearing the shirt proud and trying to raise as much money and awareness to help people in the future.”

Ashley Bouteloup

Public ballot place, running for GAIN to raise funds and awareness for the charity because her cousin had GBS in 2016. £974 (plus Gift Aid) of a £500 target!

Michael Chatten

Public ballot place, running for GAIN because his father had GBS. £820 (plus Gift Aid) of a £300 target!
“When I was one years old my Dad was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. I was too young at the time to understand what was happening but since I have got older, I have heard the stories of how it affected my Dad and his recovery since. I would like to raise money for GAIN so that they are able to help and support families who find themselves in the same situation.”

Siobhan’s 26.2 mile skate marathon

In 2014 I was diagnosed with GBS, I spent 2 painful weeks in hospital and further treatment outside hospital learning to walk again with a physiotherapist.
Unfortunately, I relapsed just a few months later which was almost fatal. This was when the doctors told me I had to give up my dance/gymnastics. I was beyond distraught. I’d always lead an active lifestyle and dance was my life!
Determined not to be beaten by this disease i took my time to get better while still trying to remain positive. My friends helped me out at home with my children, as I still couldn’t pick them up for cuddles or even bath them. Knowing my boys needed me was the spark I needed to fight.
It’s now 2018 and not only am I dancing and back at gymnastics, but I now play roller derby for one of the North East’s best teams, Newcastle Roller Girls.

It’s nothing short of a miracle that I’m here and I thank God everyday for that.

Anthony Jennings memorial football match

Four years ago we sadly lost our football coach Anthony Jennings, he suffered with CIDP and unfortunately the disease took him from his beloved family, friends and football club. I arranged for a memorial football match which took place on Sunday 7th October 2018 which involved all ex-footballers, players which Anthony Jennings coached and managed through his extraordinary football career.
Anthony Jennings’ family requested that all the money raised on the day would go towards the GAIN Charity as they would feel that the charity holds a deep place in their hearts. On the day we held a raffle and an auction on some football memorabilia. We have counted up and we have raised £600.00 for GAIN.
We will be making this an annual thing and look forward to raising more money for GAIN.
Jonathan Hartley October 2018

Do the world for charity

Virtue money teamed up with the lovely staff of Policy Services LTD in 2017 to do our biggest challenge to date… we ran, walked, cycled and swam around the world’s equator! That’s right… over the past couple of years we have been travelling the distance of the world’s equator (24,874 miles) and for every mile completed by the members of staff, the company donated 50p to their chosen charities!
We are very proud to be reporting we have finally completed the challenge and in total, managed to raise £12,437 for the charities. Well done to all involved!
Laura with GAIN’s share of this phenomenal fundraising achievement – a whopping £2,132.30!

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