Helena Maddox-Scaccia is one of our fundraising runners looking to conquer the largest annual fundraising event in the world: the London Marathon. Equipped with her gold bond place with RSBC, she has a bundle of sponsorships from events she has hosted for the big day ahead. Every penny she raises will go to support blind children and their families.
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We caught up with Helena at the Marathon Expo held at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands to ask her a few questions about her sponsorship story, and what it means for her to run in support of blind young people.
What does it feel like to be running the London Marathon for RSBC?
It feels brilliant. I’m really looking forward to running with RSBC and helping vision impaired children, it’s such a worthwhile cause. I’m also very excited to be meeting everyone else running and supporting too!
How did you get your London Marathon place?
After plucking up the courage to apply for the Marathon on the RSBC website, I was approached by the fundraising team who gave me a lot of tips, advice and support for my fundraising journey. They ring me up every couple of weeks to see how my fundraising and training is going, so they offer great support for my task of getting that gold bond sponsorship target of £2,500.
How’s your fundraising been going to reach your target sponsorship?
It’s going great, thanks! Since starting in January, I have been busy with lots of fundraising events. In early April, I booked a room at my local conservative club, and hosted a charity event with auctions and raffles. Aside from everyone having a good time, I managed to raise £700 for that one night which was a great success.
That’s great! Do you have any other fundraising tips you’d recommend?
I’m a keen baker, so I hosted a cake-baking course and I’ve made a few cakes for particular events. I baked a lovely cake for a christening with an added sponsorship whip-round, to which I was delighted with everyone’s generosity.
How are you feeling about the race on Sunday?
In all honesty, I’m a little nervous as I’ve had a bit of trouble with my knee, but I know that with the support of the crowd on the sidelines and the RSBC cheering points along the way, I’ll be able to drag myself through to the finish line.
Do you want to follow in Helena’s footsteps and run the 2018 London Marathon for RSBC?
What are you waiting for? Run for #TeamRSBC in 2018 to help blind young children live a life without limits. Register your interest below and secure your place in the race.
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