Charities: it's a marathon, not a sprint, to achieve your mission

The lengths to which individual people can and will go to help others never cease to amaze. 

Kate Jayden from Derbyshire has just run a marathon every day for the first 100 days of 2022, covering 2,620 miles in total. 

Why? To raise awareness for the plight of refugees at this time, and more than £26,000 for charities for the Refugee Council, The Trussell Trust and The Hygiene Bank. 

Kate started running with the aim to complete 2,620 miles, the distance between Aleppo, Syria and the UK, to highlight the challenges faced by refugees.

More than 150,000 people in this country have signed up to host Ukrainian refugees. And yet we read in the same papers today that thousands of Ukrainian refugees have been left in limbo by red tape after a Home Office glitch left them mistakenly believing that their applications had been submitted.

It's the detail that really counts and doing the simple things, day after day, that makes the real difference.

This was the essential message we gave charity trustees when considering the lessons they can learn from the Kids Company case during our two short webinars last month, which you can watch here: Kids Company: Practical lessons for charity trustees (


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