On the 24th of April, ELoH’s co-Founder and Trustee Vee Panton Bacon ran the London Marathon for the child amputees in ELoH’s projects. Here is her personal thank you to everyone who supported her along the way.
“The pain on my face was real! I think that photo must have been at about mile 22 – it was HARD at that point. However, I made it to the finish line in 4 hours and 27 minutes. My Virgin Money fundraising page boasts over £5,000 which is fantastic, and on behalf of the children who will directly benefit – THANK YOU to all of those who supported me. Your money and your messages mean so much to me; the support coming through in the days running up to the big day helped enormously – and, well, I LOVED it, and – watch out – I want to do it again!
Running like that for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope focuses the mind so much too … I couldn’t do it without my legs, could I? Real, or prosthetic – and I did see amputees bravely grinding the miles on one or two prosthetic legs. That is why we do what we do.
Taking to the streets of London like that is extraordinary, there is really nothing else like it – humanity at its greatest level! I joined over 33,000 other runners that day – all pushing their bodies to the limit, many of them doing so in a blaze of passionate determination to help the causes closest to their hearts. And no step of the painful journey is a lonely one; it feels like a team effort, runners encourage each other, but so too do the crowds – lining almost the whole route, with their jelly babies, orange segments and joyful excited cheers. It is London at its very best. For me it is so important to see London in this special way … nothing will ever wipe away the memory of what happened to our family nine years ago, on a London street, which led to the creation of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope; but being part of this extraordinary, special day has given me hope, and peace in my mind.
Thank you!!! Now let’s spend the money, giving life and love to our children in Sierra Leone, Liberia and India.