Richard Flenley, a church member of St Mary’s in Chiddingfold, is running this year’s London Marathon to raise money and awareness for Christian Aid.
Training is well underway for the big day on 23 April, and Richard can be seen regularly pounding the pavements in a bright red Christian Aid jersey around Chiddingfold and Guildford, where he works.
Richard explained his motivation for taking up the challenge:
“Like many in Chiddingfold, my family and I [wife Julie, and children Joshua (10), William (6) and Oliver (4)], try to do what we can to give back to the community (both in the village and further afield), so I am running the London Marathon to raise awareness, and perhaps more fundamentally, much needed funds for Christian Aid.
“Christian Aid is an amazing charity, doing incredible things – and has been since 1945. With all of the turmoil, poverty and suffering in the world, from Syria to Cambodia and from Ethiopia to Haiti, the work done by Christian Aid to help all has never been more important.
“I am very much looking forward it – and am delighted to be raising money for such a worthy cause in doing so – even if the size of the task is daunting.”
Richard has exciting plans for fundraising, involving both St Mary’s church and the wider community, and will be blogging about them, and his progress, in his blog: https://richardflenley.wordpress.com/.
Richard added: “I would be ever so grateful for any donations to this cause, whether via the “Donate Now” button on my blog or by leaving an envelope marked “Christian Aid” at the Rectory in Chiddingfold.”