Running for Evelina London - Rachel's story

28 March 2017

Evelina London staff member Rachel Carling ran the 2017 London Marathon and raised an impressive £5,563.32, finishing with an excellent time of 03:51:44.

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Rachel Carling with other Evelina supporters

#RunRachelRun was my campaign to raise money for Evelina London by running the London Marathon. As a consultant metabolic biochemist and director of newborn screening, I have worked closely with the paediatric metabolic team at Evelina London for the last eight years so this charity is close to my heart.

‘As with any challenge, my approach was to tackle it head-on. I threw myself into both fundraising and training. It is fair to say that one is considerably harder than the other and there is probably no need to mention that heart-sinking feeling I got when I realised the distances on my training plan were in miles not kilometres!'

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Alice preparing for cup ‘n’ cake sale at Swan Gymnastics

Innovative Fundraising

‘In addition to the training, I schemed up a range of fundraising initiatives. These included street collections at Christmas fares, a raffle, two boot camps, a non-uniform day at my daughter’s school and a cup ‘n’ cake sale at Swan Gymnastics, Stevenage.

‘A friend of mine baked and donated over 100 cupcakes for the cake sale. Starbucks, County Hall donated the cups and the Letchworth branch of Sainsbury’s provided a supply of cake boxes. Alice and I set out our stall and had barely got the last cake on the table before the hungry hoards descended; we sold 80 percent of the cakes in less than 30 minutes and raised a total of £157.

‘When I heard about Get Colourful, I asked my daughter’s school if they could support it. They did a great job. I managed to get Willows Farm at London Colney to donate tickets so every child got entered into a prize draw on the day, which added to the proceeds.'

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