Charity runners smash fundraising target at Royal Parks Half Marathon in London

DREAM TEAM: The TMD runners

Last weekend, Taylor-Made Dreams saw its team of runners raise over £45,000 – more than double its target – in charity race to support children with life-limiting illnesses…


A team of over 60 runners took on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London on Sunday October 8 to raise funds for Taylor-Made Dreams (TMD). The participants ran a total distance of 13.1 miles and have raised a total of over £45,000 to date – more than double the £20,000 target.

The team included parents of children supported by Taylor-Made Dreams, volunteers and corporate ambassadors, including a group of runners from Heston Blumenthal’s renowned restaurant The Fat Duck, which has recently supported one of the charity’s ‘TMD Warriors’.

Runners were delighted to be joined by the charity’s CEO, Suzi Mitchell who also completed the run.

Participants who completed the Half Marathon had times ranging from 1hr33 mins to 3hr30 mins, and took part in group training sessions to be race-ready on the day.

Suzi Mitchell said: “It was an incredible day and I was so proud to see a wave of purple-branded TMD running shirts making their way along the run.

“It was a privilege to run alongside some of our incredible family members, volunteers and corporate supporters and I personally want to thank each and every one of them for taking part and helping to raise such a huge sum to support our TMD warriors and their families.”

Taylor-Made Dreams make dreams happen for children with life-limiting illnesses and provide the family with financial, emotional and practical support alongside their difficult journey.

The charity operates throughout the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, receiving referrals from a wide range of pathways, including Children’s Hospices, the County Council Social Services Disability Teams and schools.

The children currently supported have the following diagnoses amongst others: Battens Disease, cerebral palsy, Pulmonary Valve Atresia, Infantile Pompe Disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and severe development delays.

To date, the charity has provided over 2,000 bucket list items for children in need in our community.

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