All runners are encouraged to raise money for charity, whether it’s a cause that’s particular close to your heart or one of our charity partners.
Why not use the following ideas to help boost support to your cause:
- Set up a fundraising page so that friends, family and colleagues can donate to your charity quickly and easily and share your reasons why your cause is close to your heart.
- Spread awareness of your mile goal on Facebook and Twitter so that people can encourage you and link with other runners using the #runcitymile hashtag.
- Organise a sweep-stake so that people can guess how fast you will run the mile, with a donation per guess.
The City of London Mile is proud to be a supporter of the following charities:
A MILE IN HER SHOES
A Mile in Her Shoes is a volunteer led charity that encourages women who are at risk of homelessness or affected by related issues to try running as a way of exercising, socialising, lifting confidence and boosting self-esteem.
They work to identify and remove any barriers to running, enabling their participants to access the same mental, physical, health and social benefits from running as any other woman.
They create, lead and support running fitness groups through a volunteer-led programme. Sessions are provided by trained and insured female volunteers who are qualified to lead mixed ability groups. The content of every one of their sessions is designed to be fun and suitable for all fitness levels including absolute beginners.
Everybody is welcome and they help individuals reach their own goals together.
The charity provides all the appropriate clothing including sports bras and footwear suitable for running. Much of the kit is donated second-hand – mostly from other runners – but it is all in good condition and the sports bras and socks are always brand new.
In addition to fund-raising and monetary donations, we encourage Milers to donate unwanted running at the drop box service operated at The Running Works when you collect your race number.
RON PICKERING MEMORIAL FUND
About the Fund
The charity was formed in 1991 by Jean Pickering MBE following the death of her husband Ron Pickering OBE, the legendary BBC sport commentator and athletics coach to help young British athletes fulfill their potential.
Jean herself passed away in March 2013 but the RPMF, supported by a network of volunteers, continues to develop her legacy.
The RPMF has raised and awarded over £1.5 million in grants to over 2,000 aspiring British athletes since its inception.
In 2010, the RPMF Great 12 Fund supported a group of 21 talented young athletes who aspired to compete in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. An extraordinary total of nine of these were chosen for the 2012 British team. Six were finalists, four set British Records and one, high jumper Robbie Grabarz, won a bronze medal.
Each year the fund supports many of Britain’s most talented athletes aged 15 to 23 with financial grants to facilitate the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importantly helps build athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through recognition.
In March 2014, the Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships were launched. A £62,500 fund supporting 5 selected athletes over the period to Rio 2016.
In January 2015, the RPMF annual award was a record 185 grants (2014: 177) totaling some £42,000.
When selecting recipients it is imperative that the awards make a real difference to the athlete’s development and are focused on those from less financially strong environments or with a specific need to help them get to the next level.
The funds are used for athlete development and support costs with further support from the RPMF in the form of guidance, advice and mentoring on their individual journeys.
The impact of the Fund is best shown by the fact that over two-thirds of the 2012 British Olympic Athletics team at London 2012 were helped during the early part of their career by the Fund, including all Olympic athletic medalists.
Previous recipients of RPMF awards include:
Robbie Grabarz, Holly Bleasedale, Jack Green, Laura Weightman, Brett Morse, Charlotte Purdue, Sophie Hitchon, Goldie Sayers, Katharine Merry, Christine Ohuruogu, Andy Pozzi, Kelly Sotherton, Phillips Idowu, Jenny Meadows, Denise Lewis, Mo Farah, Jessica EnnisHill, Christian Malcolm, Donna Fraser, Guy Learmouth, Dina AsherSmith, Charlie Grice, Eilish McColgan, Sophie Merritt, Jack Crabtree, Morgan Lake …
Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships:
Chris Kandu, Sophie Papps, Zane Duquemin, John Lane, David Omer
Getting support from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund as a youngster gave me the belief that I could go out and achieve my best. It was such an uplifting feeling to know that someone out there, who I hadn’t yet met, was willing to help me on my journey. They had that small belief that I could go out there and do something. Christine Ohuruogu
The support I received made me feel like somebody believed in me and was a huge help at the time. I was so proud recently to pay that money back to the fund to help support the next generation of athletes. Thank you so, so much for all you have done for so many of us.” Goldie Sayers “Without your support throughout my whole career, my achievements this year would have never been possible. Thank you. Robbie Grabarz
Thank you for supporting my early career when l was developing my craft. If it wasn’t for the support of the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, it’s unlikely l would be where l am today as a 2012 Olympian. Abdul Buhari – Olympian discus
Thank you so much to the RPMF, you helped me achieve my dream. Sophie Hitchon – Olympian and British record-holder in the hammer
The RFMF has been such an invaluable support that has helped me chase my dream. Thank you. Laura Weightman – Olympian 1500m
WEIR ARCHER ACADEMY
“Our vision for the Weir Archer Academy is not only to inspire the next generation of Paralympians, but to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people whatever their age, gender or ability.
Whether for health and social reasons, or a desire to be the next David Weir, Jonnie Peacock or Hannah Cockcroft, we are delighted that the Weir Archer Academy is now poised to make a considerable impact in offering sporting opportunities to disabled people previously denied them.
Six of our young athletes were selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics GB squad and there are many more coming up behind them. We’re so excited to have this much talent in our midst, but what really puts a smile on our faces is when anyone achieves a personal best, be they an elite athlete or just someone who wants to keep fit – and that’s what does it for us.
One of our major challenges is the high cost per head of the equipment, expertise and resources to enable people to integrate physical activity into their lives. A racing wheelchair costs around £2,500 and that’s just one of our activities. ￼￼
We would like to ask for your help with the next generation to do many things – enjoy the considerable health and social benefits of sport, take part in competitions, benefit from bespoke racing chairs, enjoy expert coaching and, ultimately, compete at the highest level.
We would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and fundraisers for all the support you give us. There are many ways you can help us raise money for our community sports programme.”
- By donating via our Virgin Money Giving page
- WAA Blog
- Running fundraising events at your school or workplace
- Donating raffle prizes