The London Marathon is fast approaching and there are numerous campaigns around in aid of it – but few will be as cheekily name as Save Our Melons.
It has been created by personal trainer Tony Stacey, who has been preparing Canary Wharf workers for the London Marathon before his own huge running feat this month.
Tony is taking on not one, but seven marathons in seven days as part of his campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer Care after his mum was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.
He said: “The aim was to raise awareness and also £100,000 for Breast Cancer Care. Thankfully, she now has the all clear.
"I hope the £100k we will raise will go some way to repaying what we owe. Although having my Mum is priceless.
“So far Save Our Melons has completed the London to Paris Bike ride, the three-peak challenge, numerous afternoon teas, day at the hairdressers, the Monopoly walk in London and other events.
“On April 12 a small group of us will run seven marathons in seven days and hope to raise £20,000 in the process. The event starts in Paris and then we run six more in London. To date we have raised £35,000.”
Credit Suisse employee Matt Birch has been training with Tony for this year’s London Marathon, where he will be raising money for the charity.
He said: “The cause is one that has affected friends and family. Tony and his team have worked very hard in raising vast sums of money and also making more people aware by the charity.”
Matt has run four marathons before, but he is always nervous he said.
He said “It’s a challenge, but one that is put into perspective when you think how the people who need the charities help, have a real battle on their hands.”
Go to justgiving.com/saveourmelons .