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Why I run for Royal Voluntary Service - a runner's story

Jamie VanstoneHave you ever wondered what motivates marathon runners through the months of training and the challenge itself? Meet Jamie Vanstone who is running the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Royal Voluntary Service and the work that we do with older people across Great Britain.

"A year ago, the thought of running a marathon had never crossed my mind. I, like many, had only watched the London marathon on television, from the comfort of my living room. Then, last year I was hugely inspired by the number of charity runners taking part and the awareness and money that they were all raising for their chosen charities. I really wanted to be a part of that and the more I looked into it, the more inspired I got.

"My first choice charity to run for was Royal Voluntary Service. I previously spent 3 years working for the charity where I saw first-hand what amazing work the charity does for older people within our communities. The huge numbers of volunteers that they have helping older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society, is inspiring in itself. I have personally volunteered and helped out in the Royal Voluntary Service shops and at events and I know how thankful people are for your assistance.

"The work that Royal Voluntary Service does changes people’s lives on a daily basis, even if it’s just a quick chat to someone who is currently house bound. It’s the small touches like this that makes me hugely proud to be running the marathon, representing them. My goal is not just to complete the marathon, but to raise as much awareness as possible for so that the charity can go from strength to strength in the future."

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Find out more about Jamie and others running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of Royal Voluntary Service.

Posted by Jamie Vanstone at 00:00 Tuesday, 05 April 2016.

Labels: Running, Marathon, Fundraising