A hardy band of travel industry figures battled 26.2 gruelling miles to raise thousands of pounds for good causes in the 2019 London Marathon at the weekend (28 April).
Among them was Swords Travel’s Stuart Swords (above left), who raised £3,395 for cancer charity Orchid following his August 2017 testicular cancer diagnosis.
Running his sixth consecutive marathon for the Family Holiday Association, Abta’s John de Vial amassed £11,250 for the charity.
Stuart, who runs London-based Swords alongside husband Mark, spoke to TTG in January about his motivations for taking on the challenge.
“They [Orchid] have been so important not just to me, but to Mark too. Knowing there is someone there for you on the end of the phone who understands what you are going through is invaluable," he said.
“Cancer has been horrendous. My life has changed completely. I still don’t fully understand what has happened to me, and why. Orchid though have helped me with this, and I really wanted to give something back.”
De Vial has so far raised more than £75,000 for the FHA – and is now targeting a total of £100,000 for the charity by the end of next year.
The cash he has collected will go towards helping some of the most deprived children and their families get a break, generally for a week in a UK caravan or for a simple day trip.
The FHA’s Together 2020 campaign aims to double the number of families it helps.
De Vial’s first London Marathon was back in 1988, when he ran for The Prince’s Trust.
Meanwhile, TTG senior reporter Tom Parry (above right), raised £2,800 for TTG Media’s 2018/19 charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society.
Elsewhere, Travel Circle owner Mark Delaney also managed to go the distance, running in support of the Royal Preston Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, which detects and treats sepsis.
He has so far raised £2300, while homeworker Samantha Wilson of Not Just Travel also crossed the finish line on the big day.
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