The feeling you get having crossed the line to complete a marathon is unique, crossing it knowing you have helped change the lives of others is special.
Brian completed the SSE Airtricty Dublin Marathon for Barretstown in 2016. Here is his story on how he went about raising funds and having Barretstown as an added motivation to help him cross the finish line.
Why did you decide to fundraise for Barretstown? Did you have a personal goal or did somebody inspire you?
Had you told me 18 months ago I’d run a marathon I’d have laughed! However, I had recently been forced to retire from competitive sport but I needed a goal. I decided the marathon would be a great challenge and the opportunity to raise money for Barretstown was an added bonus. I, like most people, am part of a family who has been affected by serious illness.
Why did you choose Barretstown?
I have been fortunate to volunteer in Barretstown on several occasions and saw first hand the unbelievable work that is done. Children affected by serious illness have to deal with so much at a young age. Barretstown allows them to be children again and ignites a spark that may have been lost or faded. They leave Barrettstown with confidence and self esteem restored.
What did you do to raise money?
The thought of raising the money initially was daunting. However, once you tell people you are running a marathon and it is in aid of Barretstown they tend to be very generous. People just seem to know of Barretstown and the brilliant work done there.
I recommend setting up a fund me page and sharing it with all your friends on social media (you will be surprised who sponsors you!) and always have a sponsorship card at hand in the house to nab those unsuspecting visitors!
Use the resources available to you – Sports clubs, colleagues, societies – my old team mates were very generous and I left a sponsorship card in my staff room which raised quite a bit.
Don’t forget the old favourites too like a coffee morning or quiz (and once you have a crowd, don’t forget to have a raffle!) Explain how the money you raised will help bring more children with a serious illness and their families to camp in 2017 to experience the magic that Barretstown has to offer.
I have seen first hand the work that goes on in Barretstown and the money you will raise will help bring children with serious illness so much joy and rebuild any lost self esteem. It may also provide respite for parents and give families the opportunity (at no cost!) to have fun and laughter together during or after a very tough time in their lives.
Run to your breathing, get your name printed on your shirt, soak up the crowd, endure and enjoy! Good luck!