On Sunday 22nd April Church House Westminster welcomed back three charities who were all hosting their post-marathon charity events.
The British Heart Foundation, The Children’s Society and Sarcoma UK all chose the central London venue to celebrate marathon success following the Virgin Money London Marathon.
British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity funding cardiovascular research, through 50 years of funding cutting edge research they have already made a big difference to people’s lives. This year the charity will be represented by over 400 runners aiming to raise £950,000 as vital funds for the fight against heart disease.
Karen McDonnell, Running Project Manager at British Heart Foundation, says: “We wanted to thank our runners, and their sponsors, for their efforts and the post-race event was a great way to do this. The money they have raised will help us continue pioneering research that supports people who suffer from heart disease.”
The Children’s Society is a national charity that campaign on behalf of young people and also run services up and down the country to support children and young people who are at risk of exploitation or harm, living in care, or let down by the systems meant to protect them. This year they had a team just shy of 100 runners with the hope to raise around £200,000.
Nina Purdy, Supporter Engagement Manager from The Children’s Society said: “We are so grateful to all of our fantastic runners for their efforts and sheer dedication and the post-race event is a great way to say thank you to them. The money they have raised will continue to help us support the most vulnerable children across the country suffering abuse, hardship and neglect.”
This year the largest team from Sarcoma UK – the bone and soft tissue cancer charity - took on the Virgin Money London Marathon with 66 runners, and they were joined by friends and family for the charity’s After Party in the Harvey Goodwin Suite. The team was aiming to raise £180,000 to transform the lives of people affected by the disease, by funding ground-breaking research and providing personal support and expert information via its national Support Line.
Lucy Alder, Director of Fundraising said: “We’re proud of each and every one of Team Sarcoma, and wanted to celebrate their achievements with them at our After Party. They have put in hours of training to help researchers find more effective treatments. Their efforts will ensure our Support Line nurses can answer every call and email, lending a listening ear to everyone who needs it.”
Church House Westminster is one of London’s most versatile event venues. The AIM Gold accredited venue offers 19 flexible event spaces, which accommodate between 2 and 664 guests, and hosts a wide variety of events including meetings, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners and receptions. For more information call 020 7390 1590 or visit www.churchhouseconf.co.uk.