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:
"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."