14th September 2022
10 incredible volunteers will take part in the 2022 London Marathon, running and fundraising for children with heart disease.
The London Marathon takes place on Sunday 2nd October.
Our team of 10 runners will travel from near and far to participate, and includes two members of staff, a medical student and a five meber team from Portgual.
Team Portugal is a group of five enthusiastic runners who will be travelling from Portugal to run the marathon together. The team is made up of Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Jorge Melo, Nuno Romão, Filipa Cabral, and Liliana Louro Monteiro Cerejo.
Here is what they had to say about participating in the run this year.
“Sports is part of our lives but so are people and being able to give back in some way to the world. That is why it makes sense to run for something, to fundraise - through sports we help others.Chain of Hope exists to help children with heart disease in developing and war-torn countries. We are all very proud and happy to be able to fundraise for such an important and life-changing cause.”
Miranda Layton isa medical student with an interest in cardiology. Chain of Hope is very much aligned to her interests, and she hopes that the marathon may perhaps lead to a future volunteering medically with us. Miranda has undertaken several physical challenges in the past, including the Salkantay trek in Peru and the Surrey Half Marathon in 2020.
Dave Tunstall - Chain of Hope’s mission is one that he has always resonated with, but this has been enhanced this year due to his mother undergoing surgery on her heart for a condition she has had since she was a child.
Dave states “It has opened my eyes to how fortunate my family and I are to live in a place where the NHS are able to provide world class care for everyone who needs it. This unfortunately is not the case for millions of other families around the world, and I would like to do all I can to help those less fortunate than me. By fundraising for Chain of Hope, I hope I can help support you on your mission to save the lives of children.”
Philip Simmons is running to raise awareness and fundraise for Chain of Hope. He previously ran the London Marathon in 2010 and this year aims to complete the run within six hours.
Bella Shanagher is our Donor Care and Fundraising Assistant. She has been at Chain of Hope for 4 years and is currently working with us part-time while she completes her law degree. Chain of Hope’s mission means a lot to Bella on a personal level as she underwent a successful heart operation at the Royal Brompton Hospital a few years ago. She is excited to challenge herself whilst supporting an amazing cause.
Oroyo Eubanks is Chain of Hope’s Communications Manager. He has travelled to Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia and Jamaica with the mission team, and seeing first-hand the impact that the work of our volunteer medical team has had on the lives of children with heart disease has inspired him to do more to contribute.
If you can join us at our cheer point on the 2nd October please contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7351 1978.