Dorset man to run Marathon for Caudwell Children
A 59-year-old man from Bridport, in Dorset, is putting his mind and body on the line in an attempt to raise much needed funds for a disabled children’s charity.
Richard Quinn, aims to complete the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, in aid of Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Richard’s run will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
Richard, who works as a Bursar & Secretary at Danes Hill School, in Oxshott, Surrey, found out about the charity when he and three work colleagues took part in the RideLondon 100 cycling event in 2018.
“The school took a number of charity places for the event from Caudwell Children,” explained Richard. “And when I initially looked into the charity I discovered that their vision, to create a world where all disabled children and their families have choice, opportunity and dignity, matched my beliefs.”
Richard, who has completed the London Marathon once before, secured his Caudwell Children charity place in September 2019, and now that the event has been pushed back to Sunday 4th October, 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, he’s hoping to use the extra time to maximise his fundraising efforts for the charity.
Richard says he’s delighted to be raising funds for Caudwell Children once again. As he explained: “The charity is extremely close to my heart as my nephew Thomas, passed away after a courageous battle with teenage cancer when he was only 19, so I know exactly how important the charity’s services are.
“The charity provides disabled children with funding for specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, adapted pushchairs and car seats, adapted tricycles, and a number of therapies and treatments for children with brain injuries and cancer.”
A number of disabled pupils attend the school where Richard works and each day he sees the importance of specialist equipment in their lives.
“I fully understand the exceptional levels of support that disabled children at my school need to thrive,” Richard exclaimed.
Richard says he’s naturally fit as he’s a regular runner and cyclist and he’s also recently climbed Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, Hay Stacks in Buttermere, in Cumbria, and Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
“I also climbed Scafell Pike for Caudwell Children,” said Richard. “I raised £500 in the process and getting up and down was very pleasant.
“It was great fun and the weather was kind during the ascent, although visibility at the summit was limited by raincloud, which may be a similar feature of the marathon in October!”
Richard says he will boost his fundraising by approaching teaching colleagues, including information about his challenge in the school’s newsletters and through the Educational Trust’s other activities.
When the school where he works returns to normal business, after the coronavirus outbreak, he will also organise a number of dress down days with teachers and pupils.
Kate McMahon, from Caudwell Children, is delighted that Richard has decided to fundraise for the charity once again and she say that he’ll have a great experience. As she explained: “Richard enjoyed the camaraderie amongst the group who completed the climb, and that is exactly what he’ll get running for the charity in the London Marathon.
“Those who participate for us enjoy a pre-race pasta party with their Caudwell Children teammates, and they then get to let their hair down with a celebratory post-race party with family and friends.
“This includes a meal and a sports massage to help relax those tense muscles after the punishing 26.2 mile run around the streets of London.”
Kate, is urging the public to support Richard’s lung busting efforts. She said: “The money that Richard raises will also help Caudwell Children to provide funding for a number of therapies and treatments, together with short break activity days and in-hospital and in-home support.
“Our services are not available through statutory measures so it’s vital that the public support our fundraising efforts in order that we continue to fill the gap in provision for disabled children.”
You can support Caudwell Children’s Virgin Money London Marathon runners by making a donation here.