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Guest blog: Hilton's marathon story...

Next year, Hilton Lindo will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon. Find out why in Hilton’s guest blog…

hilton-lindo.jpgI was delighted to be accepted for a place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for MS-UK.

Upon accepting the offer, I set about creating a JustGiving page and decided to spread the word!

Specifically, I shared my story on Facebook, LinkedIn and emailed current and previous work colleagues.

I chose MS-UK as a charity to fundraise for, because I wanted to raise money for a cause close to my heart. As my wife has multiple sclerosis (MS) and has been progressively affected by the condition for over 13 years, I am acutely aware of the importance of the vital support delivered by fantastic organisations such as MS-UK.

At first the target of £2,000 seemed daunting but I was reasonably confident that I should be able to raise at least half of this by the end of the year, to stand me in good stead for the New Year.

So, I was delighted, humbled and thrilled to hit my target in just 21 days! This is such a fantastic testament to the great support my family and friends shown to my wife and I.

My wife has been a great support to my fundraising efforts too. My wife does great work in the community, undertaking several volunteer roles for a local community association. She reached out and shared my JustGiving page with friends and colleagues, resulting in several generous contributions to the fundraising effort.

Amazed that my fundraising went so well so early on, I recently increased my target to £3,000. I have had many promises of further donations and I also have lots of ideas for more fundraising in the coming months, so I am confident that I can exceed this target too!

My wife is planning to make Christmas cards to sell at a local Christmas event. I am planning to organise some fundraising activities at work in the Spring, including charity car washes and cake sales. Finally, we both had the great idea of working on a flyer to leave in local businesses we use to help promote the fundraising effort!

This successful fundraising to date has shown me that by being passionate about a cause, demonstrating a compelling reason to sponsor, the sky’s the limit for me!

Please read my story here: