Surrey worker’s climb inspires London Marathon run
A Surrey worker has scaled Scaffell Pike, the highest mountain in England, to raise much needed funds for a disabled children’s charity.
Richard Quinn, aged 59, climbed the mountain on Saturday 28th September, 2019, to raise £500 for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children.
“I had a good day, it was a good walk and the weather was kind during the ascent although visibility at the summit was limited by raincloud,” explained Richard. “But getting up and down was very pleasant, and well organised by Scott, the professional guide from the Large Outdoors company.
”It was great fun and I’d like to thank the charity for the opportunity.”
Richard enjoyed the experience so much that on completing the climb he registered for one of Caudwell Children’s charity places in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
“This is fantastic news and comes just before the ballot results are announced, next week, for the 2020 London Marathon,” said Kate McMahon from Caudwell Children. “Richard undertook Scafell Pike on his own and he enjoyed the whole experience, particularly the camaraderie amongst the group during the climb.
“And that is exactly what he’ll get running for the charity in the London Marathon as those who participate for us enjoy a pre-race pasta party, with their Caudwell Children teammates, and 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.”
Richard, who works as Bursar & Secretary at Danes Hill School, in Oxshott, Surrey, found out about the charity when he and three work colleagues took part in the Ride London 100 cycling event in 2018.
“The school took a number of charity places for the event from Caudwell Children,” explained Richard. “And when I 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.
“The charity provides disabled children with funding for specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, adapted pushchairs and car seats, therapy tricycles, and a number of therapies and treatments for children with brain injuries and cancer.
“This 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.”
To find out more and to register for a charity place at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, ring the Caudwell Children Events & Challenges Team on 01782 433755. You can also register for a Caudwell Children charity place online here.
Registration costs just £100 with a fundraising target of £2,500.