ALL RUN AND GAMES: Wet Wet Wet singer and Hollyoaks star take on London Marathon to support the NSPCC
Singer-songwriter Kevin Simm and Hollyoaks star Kai Owen are calling on people to pull on their running shoes as they prepare to take on the London Marathon in support of the NSPCC.
Kevin, formerly of Liberty X and The Voice who now performs with Wet Wet Wet, set himself the marathon challenge in October to support the children’s charity for his latest fundraising effort, after releasing a cover version of East 17’s Stay Another Day which hit the download charts in December.
Kevin said: “I was in training for last year’s Manchester Marathon, but of course the pandemic meant that couldn’t take place safely so I’ve been looking at other ways to help.
“The Christmas single was great, but I’m really pleased to be able to get my running shoes back on and take part in the London Marathon and I hope there’ll be plenty of other people out there who will be able to take part and help raise much-needed funds for the NSPCC.”
Also lacing up his trainers for the 26.2-mile challenge is Kai Owen, who started supporting the NSPCC after learning more about the charity’s work in preparation for his role as abuser Pete Buchanan in Hollyoaks.
Kai said: “I’ve run two London Marathons for the NSPCC, and I’m hugely proud to support the charity. As a father, I know how vitally important it is to do everything we can to look out for children and offer them help when they need it most.
“All the money we’re raising will go towards supporting all the brilliant counsellors and practitioners at Childline and the NSPCC. It’s been amazing to see how the NSPCC has adapted to ensure it can still offer its services including Childline and the helpline throughout this difficult time.”
Kevin has been performing live-streamed gigs from his living room to fans across the country in support of the NSPCC throughout the pandemic, and said he was looking forward to offering further support by taking part in the Manchester Marathon just one week after the London event.
He said: “I know a lot of fundraising events have had to be cancelled or take place virtually, and now more than ever the NSPCC needs everyone’s help to ensure it can still be here for children to offer support and help when they need it most.”
The London Marathon was due to be held on April 26, but rescheduled to later in the year following pandemic precautions, and due to the change in dates, the children’s charity has a number of places available to runners who want to take part and raise money for the NSPCC while taking on the challenge.
Rachel Walker, NSPCC volunteer engagement officer, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Kevin and Kai for their fundraising efforts, and it’s wonderful to see them go the extra 26.2 miles for a good cause.
“Whether you run, jog or walk your way around the famous marathon route, every pound you raise will go towards supporting children and young people across the UK. Of course, the marathon is just one way to support the NSPCC, and there are many more events taking place across the country which you can enter to help us make 2021 a better year for young people – why not go to the NSPCC website to find out more?”
Up to 100,000 people are expected to take part in the event, and the deadline to sign up is August 6, so if you’re a runner and would like to raise some money to help children and young people across the country, go to www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us or search “NSPCC London Marathon” to find out how to sign up and help make 2021 a better year for children.
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