20 Apr 2012

This Sunday, Mark Newell of Peckham, London will celebrate his 50th birthday differently from most. Instead of blowing out a candle for every year of his life, Mark has decided to run a mile for each year. Mark is hoping to raise £2500 by running 50 miles on his 50th birthday.

Mark decided to run for our charity due to the huge support that they gave him as a child. The Children’s Society was instrumental in his early years by supplying him with a home and helping him get adopted. The Children’s Society also helped Mark reunite with his birth mother.

Mark will start his run at 4am on Sunday. He will start a mile from the finish line, and will run the marathon course backwards before he runs it with the rest of the runners at 9.45.

He will be one of 77 people who are generously running to raise money for The Children’s Society.

Running as a 'thank you' for support as a baby and an adult

Joan Newell and Mark Newell raising fundsNewell said: 'I am running 50 miles to raise £2,500 for The Children's Society as a "thank you" for the support they gave me as a baby when I was adopted and when tracing my birth mum 37 years later.'

Regional Fundraising and Development Manager at The Children’s Society, Katie Birtwistle said: 'Running the Virgin London Marathon is a challenge in itself but running it twice in one day is a phenomenal achievement. The effort Mark has put in is extraordinary and his challenge is a great way to get involved and help make a positive difference to the vulnerable and disadvantaged children that we work with.'

The Children’s Society works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people across the country. To donate to Mark’s cause, visit his JustGiving fundraising page.


Media enquiries

For more information and pictures please contact Valery Lawrence, The Children’s Society Media Office on 020 7841 4422 / 07714411696 or valery.lawrence@childrenssociety.org.uk  For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.


Please credit photographs: Photograph © The Children's Society

Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.
  • For more information about The Children’s Society visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk.