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Parkers Product News

Teenage Cancer Trust named as
Official London Marathon Charity Partner

LONDON CALLING FOR
TEENAGE CANCER TRUST

Parker Building Supplies’ long standing Charity Partner Teenage Cancer Trust has just announced the exciting news that it is to be the Official Charity partner of next year’s London Marathon.

The charity, which hopes that linking up with the world’s largest marathon will enable it to raise an incredible £1.5 million for young people with cancer across the UK. The “Be a Legend” themed partnership will play "a significant role" in helping the charity reach its goal of supporting every young person with cancer by 2020.

Comedy legend and long-time Teenage Cancer Trust supporter, Russell Brand, is the face of the launch film which satirises the way we think about charity in the social media age. With tongue firmly in cheek, Russell encourages people to take part in the marathon for purely selfish reasons, so they can “look good whilst doing good”.

GET INVOLVED

Whether you’re a runner, or prefer to cheer from the side-lines, TCT are looking for legendary supporters to join their biggest team ever! You can visit their brand new London Marathon website to apply for one of their charity places or sign up to volunteer...

The partnership comes with an allocation of 250 places in the race itself, and part of the £1.5m total will come from the sponsorship money raised by the runners. Another massive boost comes by way of the marathon’s sponsor, Virgin Money, who have also promised to engage in fundraising for TCT.

Kate Collins, director of fundraising and marketing at the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "We’re delighted to be launching our important partnership with Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 with a film that has a cheeky tone but a serious message.

"We need hundreds of people to ‘be a legend’ and run or volunteer for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the London Marathon 2018, so we can make sure that no young person faces cancer alone."

Currently, for every young person aged 13-24 that they support, there’s another who TCT currently can’t. But they have an ambitious plan for a revolutionary outreach programme that will ensure specialist nurses can reach young people with cancer no matter where they live, be that in their local hospital or even in their homes.

Hugh Brasher, event director for the London Marathon, said the Teenage Cancer Trust was an amazing charity and the race was very excited to partner with it. It’s team of legends will bring the party to marathon day and help raise much-needed funds so that more young people with cancer can access their expert support," he said.


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