For over 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leading organisation for children, working to help them survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries worldwide to help every child reach their full potential through long-term and emergency work on health care, education and protection for children at risk.
I’m lucky enough to work for UNICEF and know the dedication with which UNICEF staff work. Dedication which, both in emergencies and in ongoing, sustainable programmes, makes a daily difference to millions of children across the world.
You can find out more about the work of UNICEF here.
Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals, providing each child who participates with quality one-on-one adult attention and an experience of personal success through the process of writing and performing plays.
I first became aware of Scene & Heard’s work a few years ago when a friend of mine volunteered to take part in their plays. That evening was one of the funniest, most inspirational nights at the theatre I have ever had and reminded me of the massive difference learning drama made to my skills and confidence when I was growing up. Once I decided I was going to run these marathons, I knew I wanted to raise money for them.
Find out more about Scene and Heard here.