Written by Tom Clarke • Published 20th April 2018 • 2 minute read

26.2 miles. The ultimate endurance event. There may be marathons all around the world, but The Virgin London Marathon is an event which inspires people across the globe to enter.

The Virgin London Marathon is a critical date in the calendar for charities. Whatever the cause might be, most of the runners who cross the start line come Sunday morning will be running for a cause or loved one.

We’d love to shout out all the amazing causes that are supported on the day but we thought we’d highlight ten who were particularly close to our hearts at PHA.

Dedicated to providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to children in need. Smile Train continues to campaign to give children new smiles, new beginnings and the opportunity for cleft children to live full and productive lives.

Most people in the UK have had cancer affect their lives in one way or another. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to research on the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Rainbow Trust provides bespoke support for families who have a child with a serious illness. Offering the whole family support, regardless of diagnosis and are there for as long as a family needs them. Currently supporting almost 2,500 families in the UK, with more donations they support more families who desperately need it.

The MS Society is the UK’s leading multiple sclerosis charity, with the money raised from fundraising events such as Virgin London Marathon they can continue to invest in cutting-edge research and provide support to those affected by the condition.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK fight to achieve a better quality of life for over 300,000people in the UK suffering physically and emotionally from the disease alongside other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

A charity dedicated completely to animals. Battersea aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. Funds raised from charity events can help them to continue caring for them until loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it might take.

With around 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum, together with their families, they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism daily. The NAS help to raise awareness and make the world a friendlier place for someone with autism.

The mental health charity making a difference. They make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone. They promise to not give up until everyone suffering a mental health problem gets the right support.

Continuing to lead the fight against the child abuse in the UK. The NSPCC help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, they protect children at risk and find the best ways to prevent child abuse from ever happening in the first place.

The leading dementia charity in the UK, who provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

 

Good luck to all the runners for this year’s marathon we’ll be cheering you on!