Church House Westminster once again hosted several charities on the day of the London Marathon. On Sunday 28 April 2019, the Westminster venue was transformed in a post-marathon hospitality events hub, complete with supporters from the respective charities cheering the runners as they were arriving at the venue after completing the arduous marathon. The finish line at Buckingham Palace is conveniently located within walking distance of Church House, making it a quick and easy transfer for tired legs!
The British Heart Foundation hosted 300 guests in our dome-shaped Assembly Hall which was kitted out with its well-known red balloons and BHF merchandise, and with red ambient lighting, reflecting the charity’s branding. Runners had access to a massage area whilst food in the form of high-carb pasta and sandwiches provided much-needed replenishment. The expert AV team of Church House arranged for a live stream of the race throughout the day.
The Children’s Society supporter hub hosted 185 fans and runners whilst offering a welcoming reception, again with massage facilities. Attendees enjoyed cakes, served with tea and coffee.
Sarcoma hosted 120 supporters and fans and treated their guests to our wellbeing lunch which featured a buffet of healthy finger food, including vegan options and our famous (own recipe) raw energy snacks.
Robin Parker, GM of Church House Westminster, commented: “Every year we look forward to the London Marathon, an inspirational day when the real-life stories of the individual runners of these charities come to the fore and provide a massive fundraising opportunity for the charities. Our event coordinators do a great job in working with the organisers to ensure that the day goes without a hitch. Our central location makes us a perfect venue for these post-event hospitality activities and it is always good to see the entire venue come together as a festive (and at times emotional!) hub on the day. Our congratulations go out to all the runners, in what has been a historic London Marathon this year”.