Darren Luff
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The Extra Miles

Darren Luff
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24 Apr 2015

This weekend is one of the biggest and possibly best known fundraising events in the UK (and the world). The London Marathon kicks-off on Sunday morning with over 35,000 people taking part and it will be watched from all around the world. The amount of money raised for charity since it started in 1981, is in excess of £450m and it’s in the Guinness book of records for being the largest annual fundraising event in the world.

We have 150 brave and inspirational people taking part, raising funds to beat blood cancer and many volunteers to help cheer them all on. Running is one of our biggest areas that people fundraise for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and we are privileged to have so many inspirational people supporting us. But running is just one way in which people can support, over the years and more recently we’ve been seeing people thinking ‘outside the box’ to come up with new ways to raise funds to beat blood cancer, for example we’ve had:

• Jukebox Jenny - a lady in a jukebox, who would sing a song for a donation
• John Applebee - treadmill challenge - running on a treadmill for 24 hours!
• Oaklodge school - did a sponsored Wig Wednesday then recorded their version of Happy
• A man in Colchester has recently shaved the hair off just half of his head (the rest is coming off soon)
A man called Alan danced on a trampoline for 4 hours
• A lady scooted around Birmingham City centre while dressed as a bear
• We had a bride on a bike and there was a lady from Edinburgh who did a static cycling challenge in her wedding dress.
• And even our Chief Executive Cathy Gilman went Alcohol free for lent (40 days!) asking people to support by buying virtual glasses of wine and raised £5,000 

Virgin Money Giving recently reported that over a four-year period the number of "one-of-a-kind" fundraising events has increased by 200 per cent. And the ones above are just some of the amazing ‘extra miles’ that our fundraisers have gone to help raise money to beat blood cancer.

There are so many different ways that you can support, hopefully these amazing people will inspire you to get involved or do something different to help us make a difference.

Good luck to all those who are running and supporting on Sunday, may we all be inspired.   



I love the creativity of people in this country when they want to help others, great blog!


IMet a very inspirational guy on Friday night. He was wearing on of your T-shirts and on talking to him I found out he had shaved off his hair and beard on opposite sides. It was his inspiration and fun loving nature that has brought me to look into volunteering and into becoming a member of the southeast team I look forward to making lots of new friends and other people aware of what the charity does and hopefully ways others can get involved. My wife is undergoing treatment at present and hopefully the meds will keeping it under control. Well done to everyone