A New York City Marathon Hero

North Tyneside Managing Director runs New York Marathon for local children’s charity

Kevin Rogers, 44, Managing Director of local print, packaging and supply chain firm Elanders Ltd, based in North Tyneside, took to the streets of New York City on 2nd November, to run the world’s largest marathon, 26 miles in aid of The Children’s Foundation.

Kevin, who has supported The Children’s Foundation, personally and through Elanders Ltd for many years decided, this was the challenge for him. So far, a staggering total of over £4,200 has been raised, with some incredible individual donations from his network of supporters, including one donation of £2,600 – £100 per mile from an anonymous sponsor.

Kevin Rogers, says “The experience of running the New York Marathon was amazing but very tough at the same time! It was my very first marathon and my first visit to NYC. The crowd support along the course was unbelievable and every street was lined with thousands of people, which I needed when I developed cramp at the 23 mile marker.

“I wanted to run the marathon in 2010 but I couldn’t through injury, and decided that if I was going to make the effort to run a marathon that I should raise funds for a very worthy cause, this being The Children’s Foundation.

“So four years later in November 2014, I finally made it and I received tremendous support by way of donations from my family, friends, colleagues and clients.

“The effort was definitely worth it and I am sure the money raised will go a long way to help the children supported by the charity.”

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager, The Children’s Foundation, added “We can’t be more thankful to Kevin, for putting himself through such an arduous challenge. Elanders have been firm supporters of The Children’s Foundation for many years, through printing our Annual Review free of charge and taking part in our fundraising events.

“For one person to raise so much through a personal challenge is remarkable and we are thrilled to be able to put this money towards helping children in the North East – children which other charities don’t always reach.”