Watch out for our runners at the London Marathon

Every step, every mile, to help us keep every child safe

Rosey smiling

It's a milestone year for us as it marks 30 years since the launch of ChildLine. To celebrate, a group of staff, volunteers and young campaigners will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon.

This incredible group represent the voices of young people who have been supported by ChildLine and the NSPCC and come together as Team Childline.

They'll be fulfilling a personal ambition not only to compete in this iconic race, but to raise money so that we can continue to help young people like them.

One of Team ChildLine, 22 year old Rosey, shares her story:
"When I was first asked to take part in the London Marathon, I was absolutely petrified and thought there would be no way I could complete such a challenge. I realised that in fact I could do this, as I wouldn't be doing it alone, but with a team beside me and people cheering me on all the way through training and on the day.

"As cheesy as it sounds, running the marathon is such an amazing image of how ChildLine supports children and young people, as it's not one smooth road, but one with many obstacles and hurdles to overcome. It may seem daunting and scary, but there is always that glimmer of hope, that finishing line in sight, and however long it takes, it will be a massive personal achievement as well as raising awareness for ChildLine."

"It may seem daunting and scary, but there is always that glimmer of hope, that finishing line in sight, and however long it takes, it will be a massive personal achievement"
Rosey / Young runner


ChildLine – helping children, whatever their worry

A child contacts ChildLine every 25 seconds. But right now we can only help 3 out of every 4 children.

This year we're asking our marathon runners to raise £2.3 million to:

  • recruit and train more counsellors – cutting down the queuing time for children waiting to get help
  • introduce email-only teams who can respond more quickly to children that contact us online
  • invest in better technology that will mean our counsellors can give consistent support at a time when children need it most.

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