Good causes in north Norfolk are being invited to put in a bid for a share of their local MP’s marathon charity pot.
Last year Duncan Baker raised £38,000 which was split between 26 charities in his first ever attempt at the famous endurance event.
This year he is doing the same – but with a twist as he aims to raise £5000 in the final, 26th, mile to help Ukrainian refugees being hosted in Norfolk.
He said: “It was tough last year. My legs were completely shot by 22 miles, and I initially didn’t want to do it again. But I wanted to finish it to ensure all 26 charities got their money.
“I beat my target of £26,000 so after the success I wanted to do it this year because a lot of local charities are still suffering after the pandemic and are now facing the cost of living crisis. There are a lot of unsung causes out there I want to help.”
The Ukrainian connection is strengthened because Duncan is hosting a refugee mum Anna Kolomiichuk and her six-year-old son Sviatik – and has seen at first hand the needs of displaced families.
They came without even the basics such as shoes, hairdryers and toiletries. So he wanted to raise funds to support refugees through the Norfolk Community Foundation’s Supporting Ukraine in Norfolk fund.
Duncan said training for last year’s event had been easier, because Parliament was shut during Covid. Now it was functioning again he was having to fit sessions into already long days, with early morning and late night runs.
Local causes can apply for a slice of the marathon money via Duncan’s website page or Facebook and Twitter feeds by a deadline of 5pm on Thursday June 30. The successful causes will be chosen at Holt Youth Centre on July 1.