Our supporters range from children who want to help others their age who are less fortunate, to marathon runners and mountaineers. Read about some of their amazing achievements below and find out how to become a fundraiser for ELoH here. If you would like to share your fundraising story, contact Isabelle at isabelle@elizabethslegacyofhope.org

 

St Albans Half Marathon 2017 

running, St Albans Half Marathon, fundraising, ELoH, amputees, elizabeth's legacy of hopeOn Sunday 11th of June, Emily Eldred ran the St Albans Half Marathon raising just over £400 for ELoH. The testing course took on several hills in the St Albans district and countryside. After working in the ELoH office since March, Emily was motivated to take on her second Half Marathon.

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Although the race did not go to plan, Emily said, ‘I’m pleased to have run for such an amazing charity and raised money for a fantastic cause.’

‘I’m so happy that the money raised will help to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world’ 

 

St Albans Half Marathon 2017 

running, St Albans Half Marathon, fundraising, ELoH, amputees, elizabeth's legacy of hopeMatthew Finn, a teacher at St Columba’s College, ran the St Albans Half Marathon for ELoH on Sunday 11th June. He previously ran the London Marathon for ELoH and was inspired to run for the charity again. He raised nearly £1,000 for ELoH at the Half.

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After he completed the course, he said: ‘13.01 miles completed and the best thing about it was the ice-lolly waiting at the end! It was a really tough run, especially as the course is notoriously hilly and the temperature was really hot but I managed to get round the course in a good time, just under 2 hours.’

Matthew said he will continue to support ELoH: ‘It will not be the last time I try and help raise money for this amazing charity. Thanks for the opportunity and bring on the next!’

Thank you for running for ELoH, Matthew!

 

St George’s School and the Great Curry Run

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Great Curry RunOn the 23rd of April 2016, hundreds of students, parents and members of staff of St George’s School came together for the Great Curry Run. The event was massive success and it raised an wonderful £14,000 for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

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The charity run took place in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and was organised by Deputy Headmaster Joseph Storrie. People from all ages ran 5-20 km for charity and they were all rewarded with tasty curry after crossing the finish line. ELoH-founders Sarah and Victoria were there together with their families, and Victoria’s son Rollo was not only the youngest participant, it was also his birthday on the day!

The Curry Run raised an amazing £14,000 for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. It is a wonderful achievement and it will go a long way in helping child amputees walk and go to school. The ELoH team would like to send a special thank you to Joseph Storrie and the staff at St George’s who organised the Curry Run – and to each and every one who ran in support of ELoH!

 

Ellie Price and her London Marathon fundraiser

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Ellie Price London MarathonWith a big smile and plenty of energy, BBC’s Ellie Price ran the London Marathon for ELoH on the 24th of April 2016. She did not only complete the Marathon below the 4 hours golden mark (3h55min!), she also smashed her £500 fundraising target. Ellie raised an amazing £3,200 for child amputees, money that could provide prosthetic legs for a total of 40 children.

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She says:

“Don’t be fooled by the smile, the marathon was really hard work. But it’s also true that the crowd, shouting my name as they read my ELoH vest, also helped carry me over the last very difficult 10 miles.”

“And anyway, all the people who sponsored me had been so generous, I could hardly let them down, could I?!”

We definitely agree. Thanks everyone who contributed to Ellie’s fundraiser and who cheered for her along the way. And huge thank you to Ellie for running 27 miles for child amputees!

 

Dan Hodges and his Whitehall streak

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Dan Hodges Whitehall StreakAll out of ideas for your next fundraiser? How about this? Dan Hodges honoured a lost bet and streaked “naked” down Whitehall. While doing this, he took the opportunity to raise money for two charities: Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope and Terrence Higgins Trust.

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All in all, he managed to raise an impressive £1,066 for ELoH and the fundraiser got a lot of media attention, including through Sky News, Hufflington Post and London Evening Standard. Watch the video to find out more!

 

Water Lilies Swimming School’s charity ball

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Water Lilies Swimming School - Charity BallOn the 24 October, Water Lilies Swimming School hosted a wonderful Charity Ball that raised an incredible £2,500 for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. The black tie event was sold out and ELoH co-founder Victoria Bacon gave a beautiful speech about ELoH and the many children we support.

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Over 100 guests raised a significant amount of money throughout the evening and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves, dancing the night away with live band Scratch the Cat.

Teresa Griffin, Chair of the Charity Ball Committee and the owner of Water Lilies Swimming School, was thrilled. She said:

“We received such an incredible amount of support and generosity from local businesses as well as from our fantastic community of families and friends at the swimming school. It has been heart-warming, and lots of fun too. Speaking with Victoria and Duncan [Walking with the Wounded] we know that every penny of the money raised will help to positively change the lives of many amputee children in India, Liberia and Sierra Leone and wounded service men and women in the UK. Together we’re helping individuals back on their pathway to independence”.

Indeed, with the money raised, we can provide prosthetic limbs and pay the school fees for 22 child amputees – that is, 22 children who will be able to walk, go to school and build bright and active lives. Thank you Teresa, Hannah and everyone else who made this wonderful charity ball possible!

 

Alex Ainley and his wonderful piano & jazz concert

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Alex Ainley Charity ConcertOn September 25, ELoH supporters came together for a beautiful concert with Alex Ainley and the Nightingale Jazz Quartet. The audience enjoyed a mixture of beautiful piano music and swingy jazz tunes, and throughout the evening they were able to gain a deepened understanding of the pieces played as Alex explained and unlocked each piece with great humour.

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This was also an evening that brought people together in support for child amputees in developing countries. Co-founder Victoria Bacon and Charity Manager Isabelle Trick gave a beautiful speech in the beginning of the evening and the concert raised £800 pounds for the children in our projects. The event is a wonderful example of how some of our dedicated supporters are going the extra mile to make sure more child amputees can walk and go to school.

Victoria Bacon says: “This is the third time Alex is putting on a concert in support of our charity and it has been another fantastic and special evening. Alex and his wife Ruth are two wonderful supporters and I am so grateful for their commitment to our cause. The money raised is enough to make sure eleven child amputees get prosthetic limbs – that is, eleven children that will have their lives transformed – which is a truly fantastic gift.”

We want to express our warmest gratitude to everyone who made this evening happen, in particular Alex, Ruth and Ian, Steve and Olly from the Nightingale Jazz Quartet. Thank you!

 

Henry’s impressive 200 miles walk

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Henry Moody Coast-2-Coast“The Coast to Coast Walk is such an epic adventure, even though it is 12 solid days of doing exactly one thing over and over again, putting one foot in front of the other. And yet there are so many stories to tell – of the people you meet, the weird and wonderful things that happen and of the things you see.”

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These are the words of 13-year old Henry after walking 200 miles and raising £994 for child amputees in ELoH’s projects. With his mother for company, Henry walked more than 24 miles during some of the days, and this with an ingrown toenail. On top of this, his mother tore a ligament halfway through the walk after escaping bulls and falling off the top of a dry stone wall. Still, the pair managed to complete the walk and they had a lot of fun along the way. Henry says:

“Each night before we went to sleep we would look at the route for the day ahead, with a mixture of feelings. Pride for completing a day, dread for the mountains and bogs ahead, and hope that the weather would be good and the walk could go on forever. The feeling of wanting the walk to not finish became more intense as we neared the end. ”

Henry decided to undertake the fundraising challenge after listening to a talk that Sarah and Isabelle from ELoH held at his school in April. He was very moved by the situation of child amputees in Liberia and Sierra Leone and wanted to contribute to ELoH’s mission to support them to walk, play and go to school again. Having previously done a few shorter walks, he decided to challenge himself and walk 200 miles to raise money to support the children in our projects.

In September, Henry’s fundraiser was rewarded in a very special way. He received the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award for the inspiring way in which he acted to make a difference for others. At ELoH we are very grateful for Henry’s fundraiser and proud of the way in which he battled through the 200 miles. It is a great example of how a young person in the UK can help young people in less developed countries – the £994 raised is enough to provide prosthetic legs for 12 children in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Thank you Henry!

 

Barnaby, Fergus, James and Elliot’s car park fundraiser

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Car park fundraiser - St Columba's CollegeOn June 14th, Barnaby Hope, Fergus Harris, James Bromfield and Elliot Murdock raised £580 for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. The four St Columba’s College students came up with the clever idea to manage the Senior School car park during the half marathon in return for a £3 fee per car.

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Being located close to the race, the car park was filled up with almost 200 cars, and the four students were able to collect an amazing £580!

St Alban’s Half Marathon also engaged many parents and teachers of St Columba’s College, including Mr Tatham, Mr Leadbetter and Mrs Beard who ran the 13.1 miles. The day was a success and, despite being cold and wet, the boys were delighted to raise such a significant sum for ELoH. The money raised is enough to provide a child with a prosthetic leg, physiotherapy, counselling and education for a whole year, as well as business grant to help their family in the future. In short, it is enough to change the life of a whole family.

Thank you so much Barnaby, Fergus, James and Elliot!

 

Alameda School organises cake sale

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Alameda School cake saleOn Friday, 24th April, four young pupils from Alameda Middle School in Ampthill, Bedford, organised a wonderful cake sale in support of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

With the help of teachers and parents, Edie Wright and her friends Amelia Tatford, Laura Hobson and Holly Pearce designed posters to advertise the sale, baked cakes and cupcakes, set up, and managed the sale on the day.

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It was a huge success and all cakes were sold out within 15 minutes. The girls managed to raise the wonderful sum of  £84.38. In Sierra Leone, this can go a very long way: it is enough to provide a child amputee with a prosthetic limb and physiotherapy.

On the day before the cake sale, ELoH charity manager Isabelle Trick visited Alameda Middle School and spoke to pupils and staff at the school’s morning assembly. Isabelle gave a presentation about the work of the charity and highlighted the important role fundraising can play in connecting children in the UK with children in less developed countries.

Isabelle said: “It was great to meet so many young people so passionate about the work of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. I was very impressed with the initiative Edie, Holly, Laura and Amelia showed in organising the cake sale and inviting me to speak. These kinds of school fundraisers make a huge difference to our work and really help spread the word. I am looking forward to seeing what they might organise next.”

Edie, who was the driving force behind organising the fundraiser, said: “I’ve know the Hope family all my life and I find the work of the charity, Sarah’s determination and Pollyanna’s courage truly inspirational. If I can do something to help, that will allow a child to walk, I will. And I hope this is just the beginning”.

We are very grateful to everyone who helped make this possible – what a huge success! Thank you!

 

St Hilda’s students and their impressive art event

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - St Hilda's School art eventOn Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th October 2014, St Hilda’s School in Harpenden organised an incredible art event for the benefit of ELoH. Pollyanna Hope, whose bravery has inspired the work of ELoH, goes to St Hilda’s and is a keen and able artist – her story inspired the school to become involved by putting on a unique and powerful event.

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In the run up to the event, every child from Reception up to year VI took part and created wonderful pieces of art, working on several themes that related to ELoH’ work. The pupils used different techniques and all their pieces of art were framed for display. In total, the students created 163 artworks.

The school hall was transformed into a small gallery and each piece was hung to create a stunning visual display. Alongside the children’s work, local professional artists displayed their own pieces of work, too. It was a wonderful display which showcased the amazing talent of artists of all ages.

Once visitors had arrived on Friday, ELoH co-founder Sarah Hope gave a moving address speaking of the work of the charity and outlining how any money raised during the weekend would be used. Following Sarah’s speech, several professional artists, including David Trumble, were interviewed on stage in a ‘live chat’ by some of the pupils of year VI. The artists shared their experiences and views on their work and the work of those that had influenced them along the way.

Over the two days, many visitors came to St Hilda’s: parents, grandparents, pupils, ex pupils, staff, ex staff, members of the public and the Mayor of Harpenden as well as Annie Brewster (portfolio holder for St Albans District council for Sport, Leisure and Heritage).

All in all, the event raised a staggering £2,000 through the sale of artworks and donations towards refreshments. This is an incredible amount and we are very grateful to all those involved who helped make this possible!

Our special thanks goes to all the pupils of St Hilda’s who created pieces of art, to all the artists involved, to The Friends of St Hilda’s who provided drinks and refreshments throughout the event, to those local companies who donated wine and printed invites, and to Ms Godlee, then Head of St Hilda’s, and Ms Rigby, Head of Art at St Hilda’s. It was an incredible event that will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable child amputees. Thank you very much!

 

Rachel Rose Reid and a 150 miles walk through Italy

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - amputee charityFrom 29th August to 18th September 2014, Rachel walked up, down and around the rolling hills of Italy’s Le Marche region. In 20 days, she walked a distance of 150 miles with a small group of artists as part of an art project to promote the region.

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Preparing for the long walk, Rachel asked herself: “Since I am walking so far, why not use the walk to do some good for others?” She decided to raise money for ELoH because she liked that we work in partnership with small-scale organisations who are well-established ‘on the ground’ in countries where help is most needed.

After 20 days on the road, Rachel realised how lucky she was two have to healthy legs, saying: “It’s really only now that I am depending on my legs every day that I truly appreciate the freedom they give me.” Rachel managed to raise an amazing £820. Thank you so much, Rachel!

 

John and the 100 miles cycling challenge

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - amputee charity - Prudential Ride LondonOn Sunday, 10th August 2014, John Lowit took on his first big charity challenge in three years: he completed the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100. This Ride follows the Olympic cycle route from the Olympic Park to The Mall and into Surrey’s countryside – a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics. Also, it is 100 miles long!

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John Lowit and his family experienced first-hand the devastating bus accident in 2007 in which Elizabeth, the mother of ELoH founders Sarah Hope and Victoria Bacon tragically died, in which Sarah was badly injured and which caused her 2 year old daughter Pollyanna to have her right leg amputated below the knee. Living next door to the Hope family, John and his wife were a great support to them on the day of the accident and afterwards.

John, who says that, before, he has never ridden more than 18 miles on a bike, trained hard to rise to this challenge. Speaking of his motivation to participate, he says: “The accident affected everyone in the community hugely as the bus garage was not only on our road but also between our houses and school so there was (and still is) a constant reminder. Having read about some of the work that ELOH does for amputees and knowing Pollyanna I decided that should I get into this 100 mile bike ride I would do it for ELOH.” 

John managed to raise an incredible £1,300. Thank you John for taking on this incredible challenge for ELoH!

Connie, Jemma and Zara and Mount Snowdon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Mount SnowdonOn Saturday, 28th June 2014, some of our youngest fundraisers climbed Mount Snowdon for ELoH. Ten-year-olds Connie, Jemma and Zara and their mothers Ruth, Louise and Phee took on the highest mountain in Wales – and highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands – which stands at an impressive 1,085 metres above sea level.

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Having known Sarah Hope and her family for years, the girls wanted to take on this special challenge to support the work of ELoH. Before the big climb the girls said that it will be “awesomely awesome” to climb a mountain with your friends and raise money to help other people. They added: “We like being able to help other people.”

Connie, Jemma, Zara and their mothers have never undergone a similar challenge before, so Ruth further explains their motivation: “Since that fateful day, the Hope family have continued to look further afield than their own considerable challenges to think of others and have been a source of incredible inspiration to us and the girls.”

Their climbing achievements are equalled by their very successful fundraising efforts: Together, the girls have managed to raise an incredible £1,132. Thank you so much to all of you!

 

Jo Bolton and Cycling through Burma

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Jo BoltonIn January 2014, Jo Bolton set off for a fantastic adventure and fundraising opportunity: for two long weeks she cycled through Burma. Jo has previously supported ELoH by raising money by participating in the Hadrian’s Wall Trekathon in June 2013 and by organising a charity coffee morning with a raffle and clothes’ sale in January 2014.

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Her latest challenge is her most ambitious yet.

Her trip will lasted for two weeks, eleven days out of which she spent cycling intensively, covering an average of 50 miles a day. Travelling with a small group of other cycling enthusiasts, they cycled around numerous areas of Burma including Yangon, Lake Inle, Shan Highlands, Mandalay, Monywa,  Bagan and Mount Popa.

Jo has funded the entire trip herself, the fantastic £990 raised will go directly to ELoH. Thank you so much, Jo!

 

Christopher Hope and Hadrian’s Wall

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Hadrian's WallOn the weekend of 26-28th July 2013, ELoH trustee Christopher Hope and four friends, walked the entire 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in three days. Christopher described it as “a major challenge for five middle-aged fathers.

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Below is his diary for the weekend: “I set off with a team comprising Ray Gardiner, Stuart Bates, Mark Simpson and Gavin Lovell last Friday morning. On my reckoning we walked for 42 hours out of 72 hours, the equivalent of three consecutive marathons.

Day 1, 30miles, Wallsend to Housesteads 

We left from Lugodonum, opposite the gates of Swan Hunter shipyard and set off hiking towards Newcastle. We walked at quite a speed, under the Humber bridge, along the banks of the River Tyne. After around 10 miles I had my first blister, about the size of a 50p piece. I changed my shoes and we kept walking. Soon after we saw a seal, swimming around in the Tyne, about 11 miles inland.

 We were expecting lunch after 14 miles – but due to some confusion over Google maps and distances – we actually had our first sit down and a meal after 21 miles, at 4pm in the afternoon. This was not good – because we still had another 10 miles to go. I was by now shivering in the heat, having not drunk enough.

 We set off again, and the going was getting more hill. I thought I had done well to buy a packet of HobNobs at a Shell garage we passed. But I was getting weaker and a little more delirious.

 Eventually we arrived in our pub at around 9.45pm. I started to try to negotiate some supper. But could not make myself clear and felt like I was passing out at the bar.

 Eventually we received some soup and filled baguettes. I ate the former but could not face the latter, and shivering, retired to bed for a restless night. I was probably suffering early onset exhaustion.

Day 2, 30miles Housesteads to Walton

 We left our pub at 910am but would not arrive until after midnight, in the rain. On the way we went via the Chesters fort, had lunch at Housesteads, and then carried on walking alongside Hadrian’s Wall, about three feet wide and three feet tall. This was by far the most spectacular of our three days walking it. We walked along the wall the entire day and it was simply amazing to see what the Romans had managed to do. I passed the time listening to Radio Four and was appalled by the swearing on the afternoon play. Apparently no listeners complained.

Day 3, 24miles Walton to Bowness on Solway

By now our feet felt like they had been battered by hammers. We staggered around in the morning trying to get moving. The morning ritual was covering our feet with plasters and Compeed, a sort of synthetic plaster. And after that we all hobbled off – me at the back of our team of five on my single stick, like a pilgrim, hauling myself along at two miles an hour. I was live Tweeting at www.twitter.com/christopherhope to let people share in my agony in real time. It was a beautiful but there were many false dawns, particularly as we headed west of Carlisle, past a deer in the field. By now Ray, Mark and Gav had gone ahead, Stu waited back for me, beckoning me on like an abandoned puppy. I eventually arrived at our finish – Bowness on Solway – at 10.30pm, for a pint and some chip butties in the pub King’s Head.”

Christopher and his team raised a fantastic £3,617.63 to “help ELoH help children in developing countries walk again,” as he put it.

 

 

Adele and Brian and “some life lessons”

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - car boot saleIn July 2013, one of our youngest fundraisers, six year old Adele, and her father, Brian Ellarby, did four car boot sales to raise money for ELoH. They sold both their own things and items donated by friends and family.

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Brian explains his motivation and how they came to support ELoH: “I decided to teach Adele some life lessons about the value of money and the importance of helping others in need. I decided that car boot sales would be good for her to experience fund raising and I agreed she could choose the charity. She decided to help people without arms and legs (her words). We gave her no encouragement either way to choose any charity or type and we are not sure what gave her the idea, we can only think she saw something on T.V and thought that this would be a good cause I had to agree and so has everyone who has supported us.”

In total, Adele and Brian raised an amazing £628.75 for ELoH and are already planning their activities for next year, which will include car boot sales, plant sales and a BBQ fundraiser. Brian says: “I will continue supporting ELoH because in my mind, in this day and age no child should be left limbless and struggling to survive regardless of where they were born.”

 

 

 

Mary Taylor, Jo Bolton and the Hadrian’s Wall Trekathon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Hadrian's WallOn 22nd of June 2013, mother and daughter Mary Taylor and Jo Bolton participated in the Hadrian’s Wall Trekathon to raise money for ELoH. The Trekathon involves trekking 26 miles along the most dramatic sections of Hadrian’s wall, past ancient monuments and beautiful scenery.

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After Jo gave Mary the entry fee as a present for her 65th birthday, which Mary described as“strikingly imaginative and challenging,” the two women began a three-month course of hard training.

Mary explains that they chose to support ELoH, because “the daughter of one of the founders is in Jo’s daughter’s class at school and we could see first-hand how desperately support is needed for children struggling with the loss of a limb, especially when they are also dealing with prejudice and poverty.”

Even though the Trekathon is not designed as a race, Mary and Jo discovered along the way that they were at the front of the field of the seventy-odd entrants. They were motivated to attempt to finish fast and completed the distance in about eight and a quarter hours, arriving amongst the first four. Mary and Jo managed to raise a fantastic £345.00 for ELoH and say they “wouldn’t have missed it for anything!

 

Martyn Brown and the London Marathon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Martyn Brown London MarathonOn Sunday, 21st April 2013, Martyn Brown, Political Correspondent at the Daily Express, ran the London Marathon in 4 hours and 6 minutes for ELoH. Martyn describes his experience: “I thoroughly enjoyed running this year’s London marathon, especially as I was able to raise money for such a special cause.”

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“It was an emotional day for me and I’m glad that I could do my bit for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

Martyn raised a fantastic £1,260 for ELoH. Thank you Martyn!

 

Rachel Dixon and the London Marathon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Rachel Dixon London MarathonOn Sunday, 21st April 2013, Rachel Dixon ran the London Marathon in 3 hours and 41 minutes, a personal best, for ELoH. After Rachel’s best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, Rachel ran her first marathon in 2011 to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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She describes herself as a passionate charitable fundraiser: “Running a marathon is a HUGE challenge with a tough training schedule, too, but my motivation comes from knowing that I’m helping others.”

After hearing about ELoH’s work from a friend and having qualified for the London Marathon 2013, her third marathon to date, Rachel decided to run for us. Through her JustGiving page and a bake-a-thon at her work, Rachel raised the fantastic sum of £2,537, all of which will go towards helping improve the lives of vulnerable amputee children.

 

 

 

Zarina Siganporia and the Bath Half Marathon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Bath Half MarathonIn March 2013, student Zarina Siganporia ran the Bath Half Marathon to raise money for ELoH. After she and her housemates had set themselves the challenge of running their first half marathon the previous September, Zarina described herself as“slightly nervous.”

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But with a passion for sports, she looked forward to the challenge.

Zarina describes her decision to support ELoH: “Ever since meeting an eight year old boy two years ago who had lost his legs due to meningitis when he was much younger, I realised how vital prosthetic limbs were in helping him not only to walk again, but to feel like he could fit in and play with his peers, and making him feel like he was fully integrated as part of a group.

Inspired by our work, she got in touch with ELoH, and after six months of training, achieved her personal goal of completing the half marathon in under 2 hours. Zarina raised an amazing £630 and is looking forward to running more half marathons in the future.

 

 

Jules Atkey and the Reading Half Marathon

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Reading Half MarathonOn Sunday, 17th March 2013, Jules Atkey ran the Reading Half Marathon to raise money for ELoH. Having run one half marathon before and knowing that she “could at least get around the course”, Jules wanted to achieve a personal best time while raising money to support our work in Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

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Jules said: “I ran the Reading Half Marathon for ELoH as it is a fantastic cause, doing amazing work helping limbless children in developing countries. The charity was set up by wonderful friends, whose reasons for doing so make the charity particularly close to my heart.”

Despite poor weather conditions with pouring rain and freezing cold, Jules did manage a record time and finished the half marathon in 1 hour 55 minutes. On top of that, Jules raised a fantastic £900 for ELoH. She explains that the kindness of her family and friends was because “they too saw ELoH as a most righteous and excellent recipient of their generosity.”

 

Charlie Hunt and the London to Paris bike ride

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Charlie Hunt - London to Paris cyclingOn Wednesday, 13th June 2012, Charlie Hunt cycled an incredible distance from London to Paris. Charlie, who has known the Hope family for a long time, cycled approximately 300 miles in four days for ELoH. Out of those four days, he spent precisely 23 hours and 11 minutes on his bike.

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He calculates the he must have turned the pedals roughly 165,000 times on his journey, reaching a top speed of 34.9 miles an hour.

He describes the trip as incredible and recommends it to anyone who fancies a challenge. Particularly the last stretch was very memorable: “Cycling into Paris was the highlight of the trip and despite the poor roads and erratic French driving, I made it to the Eiffel Tower at 4pm.” Charlie managed to raise an incredible £1,855. Thank you very much Charlie!

 

The Roche School and a cross country run

Supporter stories - Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope - Amputee charity - Roche School fundraiserOn 4th May 2012, pupils of the Roche School in Wandsworth took part in a sponsored run around Wandsworth Park, coordinated by ELoH Trustee Bronwen Hinton. The Junior School pupils ran 1.5km, whilst pupils of the Upper School ran up to 3km.

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Teaching staff, parents and pupils alike braved the cold and rain to run or to cheer on the children, all of whom ran fantastically, motivated by the good cause. The children were also joined by Pippa Wilkinson, ELoH’s Prosthetics and Human Rights Advisor.  Wearing her high-tech prosthetic running blade, Pippa participated in a lot of the races herself, which gave the children real insight into how prosthetics work.

ELoH Trustee Bronwen Hinton organised the run, with the assistance and enthusiasm of the Roche School’s teachers. As well as raising funds for the charity, the organisers wanted the pupils to learn more about the cause they are supporting and how the money raised will go towards providing vital prosthetics to children less fortunate than themselves. ELoH is passionate about inspiring children in the UK to fundraise and spread the word about our work for disadvantaged children overseas.

The Wandsworth branch of Sainsbury’s also kindly provided sponsorship for the run, providing items such as biscuits and water for the runners, as well as making an additional generous donation to ELoH.

Together, the children raised a staggering £6,006.09 for ELoH. A tremendous thank you to the pupils, teachers and parents of the Roche School, to Sainsbury’s of Wandsworth, and both Bronwen and Pippa, for their hard work, support and hugely generous donations.  We are immensely grateful.

 

 

Barnaby Hope, his friends and the Royal Parks Foundation’s Pulse 3K

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On Sunday 9th October 2011, Barnaby Hope and 9 of his school friends took part in the Royal Parks Foundation’s Pulse 3K run in Hyde Park. The run, which will take place alongside the famous Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in the centre of London, is for young people aged 11-16.

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Barnaby, the son of two of the charity’s co-founder Sarah Hope will soon turn 11 and he and his friends have been inspired to run for ELoH by Barnaby’s sister Pollyanna. Together, they have recognised the vital importance of helping other children who have lost their limbs and are less fortunate than themselves.

In advance of the race, Barnaby said: “I’m so excited about the Pulse 3K and I can’t wait to raise money for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, which my Mum and Aunt Victoria set up in memory of Gran Gran to help other children like my sister Pollyanna to walk again. It is great that so many of my mates are doing this with me, and I hope that there will be lots of people cheering us on when we make our way to the finish line. I am very proud to be doing it.” 

The ten boys, Barnaby, Dominic, Ethan, Max C, Max H R, Max V, Joshua, Joseph, Herbie and Theo trained hard in advance of the race, and as a result of their enormous efforts raised an incredible £11,000 for ELoH. Thank you so much for this wonderful effort!

ELoH is also hugely grateful to staff from The Daily Telegraph, including Rosie Millard and ELoH trustee Christopher Hope, who raised hundreds more for ELoH by running in the Royal Parks Foundation’s Half Marathon.

» Find out how to become a fundraiser for ELoH

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