On Sunday October 7th 2018, we held the seventh annual Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon, raising a fantastic £21,000 for our work with vulnerable children around the world.
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To celebrate Refugee Week we’re calling on Chichester Half runners to join the ‘Run for Refugees’ team raising funds for Children on the Edge.
Children on the Edge is a local Chichester based charity that works to support forgotten children, living on the edge of their societies across the world. They provide protection, education and support to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh and internally displaced children in in Kachin State, Myanmar. Since 2012 the Chichester Half Marathon has raised over £130,000 for Children on the Edge, so just by signing up you are supporting some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Make a bigger impact
Could you join our Run for Refugees team and fundraise throughout your training? We only ask runners to aim for raising £100 each – so if 100 get fundraising you could together raise £10,000, making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of refugee children.
Who can get involved?
Anyone can get involved. Whether you’re taking part in the Half Marathon, the Ten Miler or the Half Marathon Relay, we want you to get involved.
Husband and wife duo Matt and Emily have already joined this year’s Run for Refugee team and set an impressive joint fundraising target of £300 for Children on the Edge. Emily (pictured left) said; “Children on the Edge help children who have been through terrible experiences. As a parent with children it’s just good to know that the money raised can help make a difference to families that aren’t as lucky as mine”.
Benefits of joining the Run for Refugees team:
On the Run for Refugees team you will get the best support for the event and for your fundraising including:
Sign up here or email email@example.com to join the team.
Inspirational 58 year old, Chichester resident, Warrell Harries is running this year’s Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon, just over a year after suffering a life-changing heart attack.
Last June, Warrell, who considered himself fairly fit and well, suffered a heart attack; which kick started a new healthy lifestyle and commitment to transform his life. We spoke to Warrell this week as he told us his incredible story ahead of the sixth Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon next weekend - Sunday 8th October.
His symptoms started one Wednesday morning in June 2016 as he cycled to work; but he didn’t recognise the signs and brushed them off. A few days later, he was out for lunch with friends and family when the same feelings came back. He describes them much like asthma symptoms. As he started to feel worse, he finally decided to go to St Richards in Chichester to get checked out. He was told he was having a heart attack and was sent straight to Queen Alexandra Hospital to see the heart specialists there. After surgery to clear a blocked artery, and fit a couple of stents, Warrell was told he could ‘go back to normal’ in around 6 weeks’ time.
Despite being fairly active, Warrell knew that his drinking and eating habits were probably to blame, and that he did need to start taking better care of himself. He was determined to make a change. In the autumn, his daughter, a keen runner, encouraged him to give running a try. Warrell assumed his asthma would prevent him from running, but bought some cheap trainers and gave it a go.
Soon after, his daughter asked if he was going to do a Parkrun. He was aware of these free Saturday morning timed runs that take place all over the country. But Warrell again assumed this would be far too much for him, as he’d never ran more than 10 minutes in one go. But his determination, and the encouragement of his daughter spurred him on. So, he went along to Oaklands Park in Chichester one Saturday morning to give it a go.
He said that on his first run, he managed to ‘get to the rugby club’ before thinking ‘this was ridiculous’ and gave up. But he returned week after week and hasn’t looked back since.
In July 2017, Warrell was lucky enough to able to meet the founder of Parkrun by chance when on holiday in Lymington. He decided to join in on the local Parkrun as a ‘tourist’. He got chatting to a few people on the course, one of whom took an interest in his story and encouraged him to talk more about his running and how he got there. Warrell didn’t realise that the man he was talking to was in fact Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who founded Parkrun!
Shortly after, a friend Kim, who’d also recently had a health scare, encouraged Warrell to sign up for the Chichester Half Marathon. He thought the course would be too tough, and initially said no. But after a bit of pressure from Kim, and his daughter, he couldn’t refuse! So Warrell will be taking on our beautiful, but tough course next weekend.
His incredible transformation will also benefit Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of young suicide, as Warrell has chosen to fundraise for them at the race this year. Papyrus is a charity very close to his heart; after he heard about the tragic death of an old colleague’s daughter, who lost his daughter to suicide last year. You can sponsor Warrell on his Just Giving page here.
Warrell said that his heart attack has changed his outlook on life. He doesn’t want to “waste this fabulous opportunity” now he’s been given a second chance. He also said that his new found love of life especially resonates with the work of Papyrus who believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented. He wants to do his bit to ensure that more young people can be supported.
All of us at Children on the Edge are blown away by Warrells’ story, and we’re so pleased that our flagship fundraising event, the Chichester Half Marathon will play a small part on his recovery journey; as well as help raise vital funds for another worthy charity.
If you'd like to enter the Chichester Half Marathon 2017, you can do so until Wednesday 4th October at 11.30pm. We're also looking for volunteers to help on the day if you don't fancy running this year.
Organised in conjunction with Everyone Active and sponsored by local companies Montezuma’s Chocolates and Store Property; the Chichester Half Marathon Event has raised an incredible £100,000 for Children on the Edge since 2012. Children on the Edge support some of the world’s most vulnerable children in countries including Uganda, Burma, Bangladesh and India.
This race is now in is sixth year and has grown in popularity year on year. It now attracts around 1000 runners. Often referred to as the ‘Chi half’, we offer three popular races; the Half Marathon, the Ten Miler and the Team Relay, all of which take runners through the tough multi-terrain course around Chichester city centre and over the beautiful South Downs.
This year, Children on the Edge want to raise £40 000 to support our work with refugee children; £8000 more than raised in 2016. To meet our ambitious target, we are calling for 1200 runners to take part and 100 fundraisers to commit to raise £100 each as part of the ‘Run for Refugees’ Team.
Children on the Edge Executive Director, Ben Wilkes said:
“The local support for the Chi Half event is incredible, including from many Chichester-based businesses, and we’re so grateful to our runners who return year on year. We want a record number of people to take part in 2017 to help us raise £40 000 for our work with vulnerable children abroad. With three distances on offer; we hope that even more people will be able to join us on Sunday 8th October.
Money raised through fundraising and by people taking part in our races supports Children on the Edge projects around the world, including in Lebanon; where they run four tent schools for Syrian refugee children. These schools are located in the Bekaa Valley, in small refugee camps that are not serviced by the larger aid agencies. The schools employ teachers trained from with the refugee community itself and offer high-quality education in a safe place for nearly 500 children who have fled war and violence. Costing just £1 per child per day, they also allow the children a chance to play and just be children again.
Fundraisers who raise the target of £100 can cover the costs of sending 100 Syrian refugee children to school for a day in Lebanon, so your money really does go a long way.
All our fundraisers will get VIP support on the day plus a Team t-shirt when they start fundraising.
Sign up to a race and join the Run for Refugees Team or contact Amy Rook, our Fundraising Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to make a donation to Children on the Edge, you can do so here.