Milton Keynes runners taking on the London Marathon
The friends will join more than 40,000 runners to take on the 26.2 mile marathon through the streets of London on 26th April for the Bletchley based charity raising funds to support street children.
Both have been training hard, now with 53 days to go Louisa and Louise are rapidly raising funds for Toybox and will be hosting a quiz at the Lake View, Linford Wood on Thursday 2nd April, if you would like to get a team of 6 together and show off your quizzing skills and eat chip butties whilst raising some funds to support the runners, please see the Facebook event for booking.
You can follow Louisa on her training journey on Instagram @louisa_runs and Louise here @sweat_much.
Toybox is a charity dedicated to supporting the lives of street children across the globe, with a UK based team in Bletchley fundraising and supporting projects overseas.
Toybox supports street children who have been forced to live or work on the streets of most of the dangerous cities in the world; like San Salvador in El Salvador where gangs control vast areas of the city and use street children as young as 4 years old to carry messages and drugs, if they refuse they can be killed. For over 25 years now Toybox has been raising money to help get children off the streets and back into school, if this is impossible Toybox provides emergency support, like medical care, providing sleeping packs, a hot meal and more.
Lynne Morris, CEO at Toybox; "We will be joining Louisa and Louise at the quiz and can't wait to cheer them on in London alongside the rest of our team of Toybox marathon runners. We really appreciate the support and hard work from the marathon runners, not just the physical training they challenge themselves to do, but the fundraising efforts alongside this to support Toybox."
Louisa tells us more: "Running the London marathon is something we had both always wanted to do and finally last year we decided this was the year we would try and go for it, we knew would be a huge test for us as we weren't runners. We heard about Toybox charity through Louise's sister who had previously ran for them and both of us having such a special bond with our nieces we wanted a charity that would help children around the world, we were overjoyed when we found out we got a spot to run for them in the London marathon."
Toybox started working in Guatemala City in 1992, and we are still there today, working with children who have been plunged into the chaos of living or working on the streets. From working in one country with one partner we are now working in five countries with six partners.
We are committed to ending the global injustice of children living and working on the city streets. We help children marginalised and abused by those who should protect them. We work with local organisations who are best placed to help find the most appropriate ways to prevent and help children escape from a life on the streets. Toybox works in El Salvador, Bolivia, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
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