Volunteer John to run Southampton Marathon 10k for us

Volunteer John to run Southampton Marathon 10k for us

John Linford from Bursledon will be running in the ABP Southampton Marathon event next month (April 2022) to raise money for us.

The 49-year-old volunteers for us and often helps isolated service users who need assistance with getting their shopping.

John said: “I have had nothing but a positive experience volunteering with Communicare and have seen first-hand what a valuable service it is. The people I meet are very friendly and extremely grateful that there is someone like me to help them get their basic provisions in.

“As well as getting people’s shopping for them, I thought I would try to raise some money for the charity by signing up to run the 10km part of the Southampton Marathon. I ran last year and am looking forward to running again. Training is going well and I am hoping to achieve a personal best time.”

The ABP Southampton Marathon, which encompasses a 10km, half marathon and full marathon, takes place on Sunday, April 24, 2022 and we are still looking for people to run or walk and fundraise for it.

Annie Clewlow, our Communicare Manager, said: “There is still time for people to sign up to run for us. If any confident runners are interested in a new challenge and want to get involved, they can call 023 8250 0050 or email events@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk to find out more and to apply. Please also watch our video here to see what fun we had in 2019.

“By running for our charity in the full marathon. half marathon or the 10k event, which you could walk, you’ll be helping us beat loneliness and isolation in our city. The organisers have also recently opened up spaces in a 5k event for runners over the age of 12-years-old.

“We ask that anyone who enters for us raises a minimum of £50 for the 10k and half marathon and £60 for the full marathon and, also, pays a £10 registration fee to us. We will provide a Communicare running t-shirt, sponsorship forms and tips for fundraising, as well as lots of encouragement on the day from our ‘Communicheerers’.”