Estate agents Stephen Batterbury and Melanie Robin from Leaders in Guildford proved they were up to the challenge when they completed their first half marathon in support of the firm’s Charity of the Year, Together for Short Lives.
The pair joined 16,000 other runners in the Royal Parks half marathon in London earlier this month, between them raising £1,745 in sponsorship for Together for Short Lives, the UK’s leading charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who love and care for them.
Stephen, senior branch manager at Leaders in Guildford, said: “We are delighted to be doing our bit for Together for Short Lives, which does so much valuable work to support seriously ill children in the UK. The money we have raised will go towards our local children’s hospice, Shooting Star Chase.
“Neither of us has ever run anything like this kind of distance before so it was a tremendous challenge for us but it was it was a fantastic experience all-round. The weather was great, the scenery superb and the crowd were excellent. And we are thrilled to have raised so much money. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.”
Alexandra Rennie, head of corporate and trusts fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said: “We are very grateful to Stephen and Melanie, and to all the staff at Leaders, for supporting Together for Short Lives. Shooting Star Chase relies on the support of individuals and companies like Leaders to maintain our vital care services. Thanks to fundraising efforts like this, we can continue to provide vital care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.”
Through its partnership with Together for Short Lives, each of Leaders’ 100-plus branches across the country has been partnered with the nearest children’s hospice to enable staff to make a difference in their local community. So far this year the firm has raised more than £29,000 for the charity.
It’s not too late to sponsor Melanie and Stephen – to do so please visit their Justgiving pages: