Making Memories… Giving Hope

Andrew raises over £1,000 at the Bacchus Half Marathon


The marathon results continue to come in thick and fast! Today, we’re saying a huge congratulations and thank you to Andrew Wheatley.

Andrew completed the Bacchus Half Marathon this weekend (Sunday, 8 September) dressed as a pirate, raising over £1,000 for CHICKS! Taking place at Denbies Vineyard near Dorking, Surrey, the unique event sees up to 2,750 runners – most in full fancy dress – taking in not only the views, but also samples of six fabulous English wines along the way.

The Bacchus Half Marathon started in 2010 and has been held in September every year since, with a full marathon added from 2012’s event. The runs are followed by a post-race hog roast with plenty more food and drink, making for a fantastic day out all-round.

Andrew decided to raise money for CHICKS as part of his challenge, having completed one of our annual Santa Fun Runs in recent years. He signed up for the Bacchus Half Marathon late last year, commenting at the time, “I’m not a runner, so it’s a big challenge for me. I have until the start of September to go from couch to half marathon.”

Despite picking up an injury which prevented him from completing the full 13.1 miles in training, Andrew made it to the race proper. The bad luck didn’t end there, though, as he added: “I managed to twist my knee on a tree root, so I was in quite a lot of pain for the last five miles! But I managed to soldier on, and I’m pleased to say that I completed the half marathon in just over three hours.”

Andrew has raised over £1,000 for CHICKS, which will help us give more children and young people living in desperately difficult conditions the respite break they need. You can contribute to his campaign here: If you would like to complete a challenge to raise money for us, please click here:

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