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London Marathon 2009

Ian Stewart Raises Over £5,000 For Social Firms UK By Running London Marathon!


Social Firms UK would like to say a huge thank you to Ian Stewart for running the London Marathon on 26 April 2009 and raising over £5,000 for us in the process.

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Any further donations would be very gratefully received.  This can be done via the Just Giving website at: www.justgiving.com/ianstewart

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or on Ian's two pound donation page at: www.justgiving.com/ianstewarts-2poundpage.

Alternatively, please complete the attached sponsorship form and send it to us at:  Social Firms UK, First Floor, Furness House, 53 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6RD Tel: 01737 764021 Email:  .  Please make any cheques payable to "Social Firms UK."

Thank you!

What Ian said before the race...

Listen to Ian talk about his inspiration for running the Marathon for Social Firms UK

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Ian said:  "I began running in 1999 and completed the Glasgow Half Marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes. I have entered many 10Ks and half marathons since, my best time being 1 hour 49 minutes in the Stonehaven Half Marathon - a particularly hilly run. Having always thought that I could never manage or even have the desire to run a marathon, I found myself looking for a challenge in 2007 to combat my general restlessness. I ran the 07 Flora London Marathon (FLM) for the Mental Health Foundation to help raise awareness about mental health. On crossing the finish line I vowed I would never run another, this was compounded by it taking 4 hours 15 minutes. In 2009 Iím running the FLM again, this time for Social Firms UK. They only have one place so I feel really proud to be sporting this unique vest. I hope also to come in under 4 hours.

I work for an emerging Social Firm based in Manchester called Benchmark Furniture Design & Build (www.benchmarkhospitalfurniture.co.uk). Benchmark manufactures quality bespoke furniture, whilst providing work placements/training and employment for people with complex and enduring mental health issues. People experiencing these issues can face tremendous barriers to accessing employment. Increasing awareness of Social Firms tackles stigma and discrimination by showing others that work is as vital to people with difficulties as to any other employed person. Social Firms UK plays a vital role in the development of opportunities and dismantling of barriers for excluded groups and it is a tremendously rewarding to be able to raise funds on their behalf."

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London Marathon 2009

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