We’re wishing good luck to Your Move Regional Managing Director, Ryan Oliver, who is taking part in the London Marathon this weekend and is hoping to raise £2,500 for a very worthy cause – for good reason.
Ryan, who is responsible for our branches across the South, is raising money for Young Lives vs Cancer (previously known as "CLIC Sargent") which is a leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Here Ryan tells us why he’s taking part and explains his 10 year fundraising ambitions.
“Basically, at the age of 40, I decided I would commit to raise money for a cancer charity every year until I turn 50. After this year I will have 3 years left.
So far I’ve completed a Triathlon, cycle rides through London, the South Coast and Kent and, in 2019, took part in a charity boxing event. My colleagues have supported me too in the fundraising and, in particular, every December - over the last three years - they have come together in donating pyjamas (PJ’s) to Clic Sargent and encouraged other companies to do likewise. It’s led to a grand total of 1,800 pairs being donated to local hospitals which means that children admitted over Christmas get to choose which PJ’s they want, rather than having to wear those less attractive hospital gowns.
I’m really pleased that I’m continuing my fundraising for this charity and that I can do this by taking part in one of my biggest (and my most ‘longed for’) events, The London Marathon.
And, at the moment, it’s even more important to me. A very close friend of mine has a young child who is battling cancer, and has been for some time now. He is currently doing very well yet I know how important the charity is to families like his and it’s one of the reasons I’ll be continuing to fundraise for causes of this kind - and why I thank everyone for their support in this.
Ryan Oliver, Regional Managing Director, training for the London Marathon
I’ve recently completed the Deal Clifftop 10 mile run in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness, which the Your Move office in Deal sponsored, and which I ran with their Senior Negotiator, Peter Cory. And I’ve got more fundraising ambitions in mind. Once this year is out of the way I am considering entering an Ultra Marathon over the Lake District so actually the London Marathon could end up as a training run - which I can’t quite believe I’m even saying”.
Good luck in your fundraising Ryan – and particularly this weekend - we hope it goes well. If you’d like to support Ryan to achieve his current fundraising goals, please visit his fundraising page here