Our marathon runners did us proud!
Written by Jessica Bomford, April 25, 2023
Our London Marathon runners have raised an awe-inspiring £40,000 which will help support people with a bleeding disorder in the UK.
We can’t thank our runners enough for their dedication and stamina in completing the race and raising such an incredible amount of money in sponsorship. The money helps to ensure that we can continue to offer our services and events free to our members, which is so important to us.
Kate Burt, our Chief Executive, said: ‘Our amazing team ran through the rain to raise over £40k – our largest ever London Marathon total.
‘This will have a significant impact, including through our partnership with Little Bleeders, which gifts sports awards to children with bleeding disorders. Thank you to our 2023 Marathon Team – you’re all superheroes.’
Thirteen runners raised money for the Haemophilia Society, most of whom had a personal connection to someone living with a bleeding disorder. Professional cyclist and founder of Little Bleeders, Alex Dowsett, who has severe haemophilia A, and his partner Chanel, also joined our team. One runner, Dr Arun Manoharan, was inspired to raise money for us just last week after talking to colleagues at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s haematology department on World Haemophilia Day.
The current cost-of-living squeeze makes fundraising especially hard for charities, which is another reason why our London Marathon team’s record-breaking effort is so fantastic. Every penny raised makes a huge difference to the work we are able to do.
Andreea Weisl-Shaw, pictured at the finish line, raised a jaw-dropping £11,000 with the hope of raising awareness about the need for good quality care and treatment for everyone with a bleeding disorder. Andreea’s son has haemophilia, as did her father, who died last year in his native Romania after complications with his treatment.
Most of our runners have siblings, children or relatives with haemophilia or other bleeding disorders and know the impact that living with the condition can have on families.
Team London Marathon 2023, we salute you!
It’s not too late to sponsor the team, they are:
Alex Dowsett, Chanel Harris, Tracy James-Lieberman, Poppy Kemp, Jon Slaughter, Edward Kuffor, pictured left, Patrick Morrison, Helen Siveter, Jack Stansfield, pictured above right, Donna Pikerton, Andreea Weisl-Shaw, Dr Arun Prasad Manoharan and Emma Low.
If you’re up for the challenge of joining our London Marathon 2024 team, we’ll be opening applications next month. Details will available on our website.