Official charity partner for Virgin Money London Marathon 2016

New partnership with London Marathon aims to raise £2.3 million for ChildLine in its 30th year

We've been announced as the official charity partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 – a year that also marks 30 years of our ChildLine service.

When a child contacts ChildLine and says they're being abused, feeling suicidal or are in danger, our trained counsellors take immediate steps to make them safe. But right now we can only help 3 out of every 4 children who try to make contact.

Runners who take on the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2016 as part of Team NSPCC will be part of our biggest team ever, raising £2.3 million to help us answer every child who contacts our ChildLine service.

"We’re asking our runners to raise £2.3 million to help us recruit and train more counsellors to reduce waiting times and ensure we can provide support to every child who needs us, however and whenever they choose to get in touch. Every step, every mile, will help us keep every child safe."
Peter Wanless / NSPCC CEO

Jonny Innes – this year's youngest runner, who turned 18 on race day – ran for the NSPCC and crossed the finish line in 3 hours 49 minutes. He urged others to join Team NSPCC for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon:

Jonny Innes London Marathon youngest runner

"I've been lucky to have a very happy childhood, and chose to run for the NSPCC to help those less fortunate than myself.

"Being part of Team NSPCC has been amazing – I've been supported every step of the way with fundraising and training advice and even received a hand-written good luck card ahead of race day!"

NSPCC chief executive, Peter Wanless, said:
"2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for the NSPCC and, in particular, our ChildLine service which will be marking 30 years. It's fantastic that in this milestone year, we've been chosen to be the official charity of the Virgin Money London Marathon, and we're calling on runners across the UK to join Team NSPCC to make it our biggest and best team ever.

"We're asking our runners to raise £2.3 million to help us recruit and train more counsellors to reduce waiting times and ensure we can provide support to every child who needs us, however and whenever they choose to get in touch. Every step, every mile, will help us keep every child safe."


The first runner to join Team NSPCC for 2016 is Pauline Brennan, a ChildLine counsellor aged from East London. Pauline said:
"I can't wait to take on this iconic event as part of the biggest NSPCC team yet! I know from my work with ChildLine just how important it is – it really can be a lifeline for some children.

"I hope that people will join me and run for Team NSPCC to help make sure we can be there for children when they're going through the toughest times of their lives."

In addition to choosing the NSPCC as its charity partner for the 2016 London Marathon, Virgin Money staff and customers aim to raise around £200,000 through a range of events and activities at key locations around the UK, including its lounges in Edinburgh, Norwich, Manchester, Glasgow and London.

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Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Race Director, said:
"The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most iconic sporting events in the world and the NSPCC is a fitting partner, I am delighted they are our official charity in 2016.

"Every year we seek to partner with an organisation that really changes lives and the NSPCC is an organisation that does exactly that. Hundreds of thousands of children suffer abuse every year in the UK and, in contrast to the loud cheers that line the route of the London Marathon, they often suffer in silence.

"I hope over the next year our partnership will enable money to be raised that will directly change the lives of children not only living in the capital but beyond. The event may be just one day itself but with the money it raises, it can change the lives of children for the days to come."

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Take part in one of the most exciting and famous races in the world, and join us in the fight for every childhood. 
Make every mile count

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