Almost 40,000 people took part in the London Marathon and most of them were running to raise money for charity. Charities need these fundraisers in order to create life-changing opportunities.

More people took part in this year’s Marathon than ever before in it’s 36-year history.

The gruelling 26.2 mile run has since set a Guinness World Record for the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event, where £54.1 million was raised.

Charities rely on fundraisers like these to fund  the vital services they provide. Without this money, they would not provide many of the facilities people rely on now.

“This year our target was a million pounds”
Charlie Breslin, Whizz-Kidz Spokesman

Whizz-Kidz is a charity with a mission to increase the independence of disabled children. They provide equipment, support and relevant life skills that they need growing into their adult lives.

Whizz-Kidz spokesman, Charlie Breslin, says: “The marathon is a fantastic event for us, this year our target was a million pounds which… would make a huge impact.”

Audio: Charlie Breslin explains how fundraisers money helps their charity

Since 1990, Whizz-Kidz have helped change the lives of more than 18,000 disabled children and young people.

This year Whizz-Kidz had more than 500 runners representing them in the London Marathon. Four of these were running, in particularly, on behalf of ‘Team Annie’.

Photo: Smiling 4-year-old, Annie Smart. (Credit: Louisa Smart)

They formed the team to help give a young girl named Annie Smart, who suffers from Rett Syndrome, the equipment she needed.

One of these runners, John Collins, met Annie and her family at a charity ball last year. He since has realised how important the cause is and wanted to support them by running alongside them in the Marathon.

Audio: John Collins explains why he chose to run for Team Annie

A Whizz-Kidz therapist is now  going round to Annie’s house  so she can have an expert assessment of her wheelchair. This will ensure it meets her medical, social and educational needs.

Having this help will mean that Annie can spend more days out with her family, as well as some extra independence.

Here are a few ways your money could help:

  • £23 could pay for a disabled child to have an hour of Whizz-Kidz Wheelchair Skills Training.
  • £33 enables a disabled child to attend their local Ambassador Club, socialise and develop skills for an hour.
  • £270 pays for a disabled child to attend a Work Skills Day and acquire the experience that could help them get a job.
  • £900 could pay for a disabled young person to attend a full supported Whizz-Kidz work placement.
  • £3,500 provides a manual chair that fully meets a disabled child’s needs.

If you have a charity close to your heart and want to support them by running  in the London Marathon then here’s how you can enter the 2017 race.