We've been named the Virgin Money London Marathon charity partner for 2018!
The ‘Be a Legend’ themed partnership will see the charity mobilise a team of legendary supporters to run or volunteer in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, and aims to raise £1.5m for young people with cancer across the UK.
Currently, for every young person aged 13-24 that we support, there’s another we can’t. But we 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.
This partnership will play a significant role in helping us reach our target 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”.
"Huge thanks to Chris, a young man who is currently going through treatment for cancer, and our long-term supporter Russell Brand for teaming up to make the film."
“We need hundreds of people to ‘Be a Legend’ and run or volunteer for Teenage Cancer Trust in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018, so we can make sure that no young person faces cancer alone."
Chris, 20, who is currently being treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust hub in the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, said: “It was an incredible experience to be involved with the video. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in January this year and the charity has been so supportive of me from the off. I study filmmaking and they have absolutely amazing facilities at the hub that have made it easy for me to get on with my studies when in treatment. Aside from that, the nurses are genuinely sensational. I could not feel in better hands.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “Teenage Cancer Trust is an amazing charity and we’re very excited to partner with them for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Their 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.”
Jo Barnett, Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving, said: “We’ve seen the incredible support that Teenage Cancer Trust offers to young people and their families, and we believe that every young person with cancer deserves this kind of care. Virgin Money is proud to partner with this amazing charity and help them take one step closer to their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.”
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