Elham Asaad Buaras
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Sadiq Khan, is to run this year’s London Marathon. The Labour MP for Tooting will run the 26.2 miles on April 13 for The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – which raises money for the most vulnerable people in society.
Khan joked that other than raise money for the Fund his other two targets are “getting to the finish line- albeit several hours after Mo [Farah] and no doubt, cross the finish line ahead of Ed Balls [Shadow Chancellor].
All of the money raised provides direct benefit to older and vulnerable young people. The money will support those most in need of help and make sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile, as well as help them in practical ways such as ensuring they can make doctor’s appointments, get to the shops, and maintain an active social life.
Khan is patron of one of the Dispossessed grantees, the Klevis Kola Foundation, which received a £5,500 grant in 2011. It provides advocacy and support for local refugee and asylum-seeking families.
Khan explained he’s running “to help people like Abdul, who at 19, found himself on the streets after his Mum died and his Dad couldn’t cope due to mental health issues. Thanks to the Fund he was given a safe place to sleep and the chance to enrol on a plumbing course and find a job.”
Last year runners set yet another record figure for charity fundraising with £53 million being raised for good causes.
It was the seventh consecutive year that London Marathon entrants have broken the Guinness World Record for charity fundraising at a single annual event worldwide and brings the total raised for hundreds of charitable causes since the race began in 1981 to more than £663 million.