Southampton Hospital Charity to become lead local charity for ABP Marathon 2018

Charity bearABP Southampton Marathon are pleased to announce Southampton Hospital Charity as the new lead local charity for the 2018 event.

Southampton Hospital Charity runners have taken part in every race since its conception in 2015. So far, the charity has raised a total of over £65,000 from over 160 participants in ABP marathons. The local charity hope to build on this in 2018 and increase the fundraising total to £100,000.

Judith Stephens, events and community fundraising officer, comments: “Southampton Hospital Charity are delighted to be the lead local charity for the ABP Southampton Marathon 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to really engage with our local community, many of whom have a personal connection to our hospital services.”

“Since the event first started it has proven to be really popular, not just for our charity supporters, but also for the city of Southampton as a whole. It keeps getting bigger and better each year, and we are thrilled with the partnership.”

Southampton Hospital Charity are dedicated to working alongside friends and partners from the local community as, together, they raise funds for University Hospital Southampton beyond the scope of NHS resources.

With the support of the community, Southampton Hospital Charity strive to enhance and transform the treatment, care and support that they are able to provide for patients and their families as well as investing in advancements in clinical research, treatments and equipment.

SHC ABPThe ABP Southampton Marathon organisers, Marafun UK, are excited to launch the new partnership for 2018. Kate Warne, the community liaison officer commented “Most of us have experience of visiting the hospital for treatment or to visit a loved one and therefore know how important it is to support our local hospital. With the Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department appeal in full swing, we are delighted to be able to highlight and support the Southampton Hospital Charity.”

After a 33-year absence, the ABP Southampton Marathon returned to great acclaim in 2017. Over 10,000 runners took part, making the marathon the biggest running event in the city’s history. The marathon, along with the half marathon and 10k will return on Sunday, 22 April 2018 with ambitions of building on the fantastic success of 2017.

All races start and finish in the heart of Southampton’s city centre with the run course passing iconic local landmarks including Bargate, the QE2 Anchor, St Mary’s football stadium, Riverside Park and the Common before reaching a stunning finish by the Guildhall in the city centre. This event is an ideal choice for first time Marathon runners and an exciting new course for seasoned pros alike.

A spectator friendly route, with lots of activities, coffee houses and restaurants to explore and make it a weekend away with the whole family. All runners receive a stand out finishers t-shirt, and may be joined again by some celebrity runners.

Support the Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department appeal

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the incredible Southampton Children’s Hospital team look after young people and babies in one of the UK’s busiest children’s emergency departments.

Help raise £2 million to build a new dedicated Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department here in Southampton. As an emergency service Southampton Children’s Hospital treatments and outcomes are among best in the UK, but the facilities do little to ease the anxiety felt by children and families at what is often a stressful and scary time. Southampton Children’s Hospital have committed to raising £2 million which will coincide with £2 million worth of match funding from the Government, as well as £800,000 already allocated by the hospital, allowing them to finally make this critical ambition a reality by the end of 2018.

To find out more and to sign up to the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half or 10k, please visit the ABP Southampton Marathon website.

Posted on Monday 8 January 2018