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London Marathon 2021 – Bede House

As part of our commitment to Social Value, Galldris are always keen to take a leading role in supporting the local community. Back in July our Community Liaison Officer from the Canada Water MasterPlan project, Marcia Whittaker visited Bede House to see how Galldris could engage with the charity. This resulted in one of our Galldris Project Managers, John McEwan running the London Marathon on their behalf.

Bede House is a local Southwark charity, which has been serving the Southwark community since 1938.  They offer a wide range of support to both the young and the elderly, delivering services through four specific programmes.

  • Bede Learning Disabilities
  • Bede Youth
  • Bede: Ending Domestic Violence
  • Bede In the Community

We are delighted to announce that John McEwan (despite nursing an injury) completed the marathon in 5 hours 45 minutes and raised over £2,000 for Bede House.

Speaking about the experience, John said “Overall the race and experience are something I doubt I’ll ever forget and would love to do it again. The crowds really do push the runners on, I certainly felt that way. The official music spots were great, any distraction from the pain was welcomed.  Taking the time to visit Bede House gave me massive motivation, so glad I met some of the wonderful people there. To see all of them with big smiles on their faces was a constant memory every time something hurt on the course. Not just those that attend Bede, the staff as well. All very kind and helpful. The time they give, to help others, is priceless.”

A member of Bede House has the following to say, “As John had never attempted a Marathon before and despite carrying an injury, to complete it is a great achievement, Bede appreciates the time and effort put into training, racing and raising over £2000 for us. Congratulations John your achievement and thanks once again.”

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