FESPA’s Sales and Marketing Director, Marcus Timson, has pledged to run the Virgin London Marathon, on the 17th April 2011, in aid of The Children’s Trust. Now in the midst of intensive training, Marcus hopes to raise £2000 for the charity, which provides the best possible care, therapy and education for children with multiple disabilities, brain injury and complex health needs.
Commenting on his choice of charity, Marcus says, “In 2009, The Children’s Trust opened a high-tech rehabilitation centre for children with brain injuries, but they need people to give generously if they are going to maintain and update these facilities, or invest in additional resources. I am proud to be running the Marathon for an organisation which offers such incredible help to injured children around the UK. The Children’s Trust also provides value for children around the world as the work they undertake is then adopted by centres in other countries.
“FESPA is providing additional help to The Children’s Trust by investing in visual aids which are given to the centre for help in engaging the children, and I’m sure others in our community will be interested in similarly donating innovative prints of their own!”
Marcus, who last year completed the annual Howard’s Way Walk - a 100 mile charity trek established to fund research into the treatment of pancreatic cancer- has been training an average of six days a week and hopes to complete the race in a speedy four hours.
“The London Marathon is the ultimate challenge for so many people, but it’s one that I fully intend to conquer. Training through the cold, dark, English evenings isn’t my usual idea of ‘fun’, especially when you consider how much travelling I do! However, knowing the money I raise is going to such a deserving cause will spur me on,” Marcus concludes.
From 1927 until 1983, Tadworth Court was the country branch of Great Ormond Street Hospital but in 1984 control was transferred to The Children’s Trust charity. Having launched the UK's first ever paediatric brain injury rehabilitation service one year later, the charity offers both residential and community-based rehabilitation services to the children it treats.