London Marathon

Sunday 22 April 2018

Virgin London Marathon 2018

Sunday 22 April 2018, London

With thousands of people lining the course filled with the capital's best landmarks, the Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest and best running events in the world!

The London Marathon is one the most famous runs in the world. Join 45,000 other runners on this legendary course through the streets of London and past some of the most iconic sites in the capital including Buckingham Palace, Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. What's more, the atmosphere is absolutely electric!


Don’t just take our word for it. Heather, who ran the London Marathon for MHA in 2017 said: "It was a fabulous experience. Beautiful scenery, the crowd were amazing and I had such support from the Best For Ages team. If you fancy doing it, for goodness sake, get in touch with them. You'll have a great day!"


What's included


If you have your own place in the London Marathon 2018, join the MHA team now by completing our online form or contacting the Fundraising Team by emailing or calling 01332 221641.




The Virgin Money London Marathon starts in Greenwich Park, next to the Greenwich Observatory.

Event Essentials

General Information Date of event: Sunday, April 22, 2018 Contact number: 01332 221641 Course detail:

Your entry

If you have your own place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon we would love to have you on the MHA team.


We ask the you pledge to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship.

Event registration

Join the MHA London Marathon 2018 team now by completing our online form or contact the Fundraising Team at or call 01332 221641.

Visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website at:

How your money helps

By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes.



£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.


£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.


£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Gift Aid

If you're a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donations, making them worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.


We can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation (25p for every £1 you donate) through Gift Aid.


This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.


If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 50%) this works out as 37.5p for every £1 you donate.

Matched Funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.


Fundraising Online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.


A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

spread the word

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips...


Share updates and images on Twitter and Facebook @BestForAges. Tag your posts with #BestForAges


Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. Need help? Get in touch with our Press Team. Email


Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team by emailing or calling 01332 221641.


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