I am running the London Marathon for the first time on 26th April in aid of Barnardo’s. I have chosen Barnardo’s because of my family’s connection with the charity. My grandma and great aunt were both Barnardo’s children. They were admitted to a Barnardo’s home when their mother died in childbirth in November 1916 and their father was killed in action in WW1 in June 1917. Great Aunt Clara is still alive today, aged 102(!), and lives with us at Yeldersley Hall.
She was admitted to Barnardo’s at the age of 4 and was looked after by them until the age of 15. When we celebrated Great Auntie Clara’s 100th birthday, I contacted Barnardo’s to find out more about her childhood. They kindly sent us the first known photo of Auntie Clara and my grandma when they were admitted to Barnardo’s aged 2 and 4.
I’m hoping the picture will inspire me on the long training runs and help me going on the big day!!
My family and I have a real sense of gratitude to Barnardo’s. We wouldn’t be here without them! So I have always thought it would be nice to give something back.
Barnardo’s continues to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the UK and does amazing work in areas such as child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability and domestic violence.
If anyone would like to sponsor me on my run, and help to raise some vital funds for Barnardo’s, I would be truly grateful.
My fundraising page is:http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewBailey10
I appreciate your support and thank you for any donations.
Andrew Bailey (owner of Yeldersley Hall)