Emily Macaulay hits her £30,000 fundraising target at 2018's London Marathon after ten years supporting the Jane Tomlinson's Appeal.
Emily Macaulay survived the scorching sunshine at 2018's London Marathon and has now managed to raise a staggering £30,000 in a decade of fundraising for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Emily was able to brave the heat and cross the line with a time of 5 hours, 24 minutes and 23 seconds. This effort marked ten years of fundraising for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal who support children’s and cancer charities across the UK.
Fundraising hero, Emily, began her journey at the 2008 London Marathon where she raised an incredible £5,001.40. This amazing achievement kick started a driven focus on annual fundraising challenges - this year she has already raised near to £3000.
Like so many, Emily was inspired to begin her journey by the late Jane Tomlinson. Jane raised an amazing £1.8m for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats - despite suffering from terminal cancer.
Speaking to Run For All, Emily said: “It is not overstating the situation to say that reading The Luxury of Time by Jane and Mike Tomlinson changed my life.
“And being part of the #AppealTeam continues to impact my life on a daily basis.
“Jane showed that you can continue day to day life and achieve amazing physical challenges - all whilst managing cancer. That is inspirational!
“I feel compelled to do all that I can to continue her legacy and continue her goal of raising heaps of money for charity.”
It was Jane's death in 2007 that kick started Emily's enthusiastic approach towards fundraising challenges.
“If there was ever a moment in my life when I knew without any doubt what I wanted to do, it was that moment.
“I had never done any big challenge at this point. I was fit and played badminton competitively, but nothing on this scale.
“I contacted the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and told them I wanted to raise money for them at the 2008 London Marathon.”
It is no exaggeration to call Emily a 'fundraising hero'. For anyone looking to begin their own fundraising journey with a 2018 challenge, her advice is invaluable.
“Don’t be ashamed to shout about it, and better still, share your personal reason for fundraising and the charity you picked.
“People are generally sponsoring you, not the charity.”
If you are inspired by Emily’s story and are looking to continue her and Jane’s incredible legacies, you can find your own Run For All challenge to run in the name of Jane here.
It is possible to sponsor Emily on her Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/emilyjmacaulay2018.
Wish Emily good luck on twitter here: https://twitter.com/emilyjmacaulay.