Virtual London Marathon 2020

19 August 2020

CPotential Marathon Runner

Sunday 4th October

Come on, you know you want to!

London Marathon Events may have announced the cancellation of the 2020 event in it’s mass format, but have no fear. There’s an exciting virtual opportunity instead.

On Sunday 4th October, you can depart from your very own front door in your running shoes to take on a challenging and adventurous 26.2 miles of your choice. You will have a full 24 hours to complete the run and there will be great comfort knowing that thousands of others will be doing the same – and you’ll probably meet some of them along the way.

Why not grab yourself a place in this truly unique event and make a huge difference to disabled children – in what has turned out to be yet an even more challenging year than usual?

We will support you with a running vest and anything else you need, and we’ll provide you details on how to raise some charity funds – because this year, we need them more than ever.

  • Registration fee: £20 (donated by you on confirmation of place)
  • Fundraising pledge: £100

If you would like to take on this amazing challenge, email fundraising@cplondon.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 24th August.

Please also get in touch if you’re interested in running for Team CPotential in October 2021 (fundraising pledge £1,750 plus £50 registration fee).

 

The 2.6 Challenge

21 April 2020

The 2.6 Challenge - CPotential

Join The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April to help save the UK’s charities

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help to save the UK’s charities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

When is it?

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support CPotential via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

Who can take part?

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

What do I need to do?

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here
  2. Head to twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to CPotential or to set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge

 

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support CPotential and help to save the UK’s charities.

Sign up for The 2.6 Challenge

 

 

Royal Parks Half Marathon

27 January 2020

Sunday 11th April 2021 – New date!

Run the stunning Royal Parks Half Marathon in central London for Team CPotential!

On this lovely scenic route, you’ll take in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Why not grab yourself a place and make a huge difference to disabled children with challenges of their own?

We will support you with whatever you need and supply you with a running vest. And, we’ll even be there on the day to cheer you on!

Registration fee: £35 (paid on confirmation of running place)

Fundraising pledge: £400 (excluding £35 registration and any gift aid)

Did you get your OWN PLACE in the ballot? If yes, you can still support us. Email us to let us know and then simply raise what you can. 

 

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Well done, well run 2019

1 May 2019

Xiuyan Liu, Deborah Shepherd and David Schmitz

Xiuyan Liu, Deborah Shepherd and David Schmitz

Huge thanks to our amazing London Marathon Trio –  Deborah Shepherd, Xiuyan Liu and David Schmitz.

They all finished the race last Sunday in good times (4.25, 4.34 and 6.38 hours).

So what did our heroes say – once they’d got their breath back?

Xiu: “The race was tough, especially the last 10K but I’m delighted to have raised over £2,500 (so far) for CPotential. I got a hero-like welcome from colleagues, friends and loved ones, making it worthwhile, special and sweet.”

Deborah: “It really was an honour to run for CPotential again. Exhausting but very rewarding!”

David: “I didn’t manage a personal best but, as this was my first marathon since turning 70, I’m feeling pretty good about it. Indeed, so quickly have the joints healed that I’ve already put myself down for next year’s ballot for a place.”

And he quipped: “When I had to slow down to a walk, I told the spectators that I was merely evening up gaps in the service. They seemed to like that!”

There’s still time to show your support through their fundraising pages – all proceeds go towards our services to help disabled children achieve their potential.

 

Meet our Marathon 2019 team

19 March 2019

CPotential marathon runners logo

CPotential marathon runners logo

 

We’re delighted to give a shout out to our fabulous Team CPotential, who’ll be pounding the streets for us in the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April:

 

 

Why are they going the extra 26.2 miles for us?

Keen athlete Xiuyan (at top of the image) is running for us for the first time, although, amazingly, this will be her 82nd Marathon. She says: “I’ve worked with and for children for decades. Helping sick and disabled children is my career and my passion.”

Deborah, who’s a head teacher of a special educational needs school in Islington, says: “I had the privilege of running last year’s Marathon for CPotential and am delighted to do it again. I’ve got some great fundraising ideas in store for my family, friends and colleagues!”

And barrister David is both our oldest runner (he’ll be 70 just before the race) and a long-time CPotential supporter: “I’ve run twice before for the charity. I want to support this local centre of excellence so it can offer its services to even more children and their families.”

Please show your support for the team now through a donation (just click on their names above) – and help spur them on in their training for the big day.

 

 

A hole in one!

5 March 2019

Jonathan Foster

Jonathan Foster and previous captains 

We’re delighted to announce that CPotential is the Charity of the Year at Enfield Golf Club.

Jonathan Foster, this year’s Captain of the Club, (above centre) has kindly chosen us as his nominated charity.

He says: “I heard about CPotential through a friend. I’m really keen to support this local charity, which does such marvellous work with disabled children. And I’m going to organize lots of fundraising opportunities for my fellow golfers to help me.”

He’s got the partnership off to a fantastic start with his first event for us, the ‘Captain’s Drive In’.

Nothing to do with 1950s movies but a fun tradition at golf clubs to welcome in the new Captain on the first tee of the golf course – and raise funds for charity in the process. Jonathan’s Drive In at Enfield last weekend raised over £1,500 for CPotential services.

Jo Honigmann, our CEO, says: “Many thanks to Jonathan and the Club. I wish them a highly successful year full of eagles, birdies and soaring fundraising!”

 

Enfield Golf Club logo

Oyez oyez – join us back in time

15 February 2019

John Martin in barrister gown and wig with Horns and publican.
John Martin (r) at a previous Swearing on the Horns ceremony. Photo: Ham & High

Don your best top hat or bonnet for a jolly evening of ye olde merrymaking and fundraising in aid of CPotential on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Master John Martin (our ex-Chair of Trustees) invites you to take part in the Swearing on the Horns, an ancient and unusual Highgate tradition.

For a very modest ‘initiation fee’ (donation), you can partake in the ceremony, which involves making an historic – not altogether binding – oath on the Horns. This then entitles you to various quaint privileges and a wonderful certificate showing you are now a ‘Freeman of Highgate’.

John says: “I won’t reveal more now – other than you won’t have seen anything like it, it’s great fun and all for a fantastic cause.”

There’ll also be a raffle and other Victorian-themed frolics all in the warm historic ambience of The Wrestlers Pub, 98 North Road, London N6 4AA.

 

The Wrestlers Pub

 

 

Well done Andrew!

7 January 2019

Andrew Whelan on completion of his challenge

Andrew Whelan on completion of his challenge

Many thanks to our friend Andrew Whelan who has achieved the challenge he set himself to raise £2018 for us in 2018.

He asked family, friends and colleagues to sponsor him as he abstained from alcohol for the whole year.

And how did it go?

“Really well,” says Andrew, “I feel great, I lost a stone and it made me feel more focused. I got a taste for non-alcoholic beers and could still socialize till 3 in the morning!”

To celebrate his achievement, his friend gave him a bottle of his favourite red wine. “My friends and family were very encouraaging, especially as the whole aim was to support CPotential’s work with disabled children.”

“I’d completely recommend going dry to other people – a great way to get fitter and to fundraise for a really worthwhile cause.”

If Andrew’s example has inspired you to do a fundraising challenge yourself (we’re not suggesting 2019 marathons in 2019) we’d love to hear from you. We can help you set up a MyDonate page and with publicity ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jingle bells all the way to Woodstar School

12 December 2018

Members of the N10 Choir at CPotential

Members of the N10 Choir at CPotentialThank you so much to our friends from the N10 Community Choir, who came to sing for our Woodstar School pupils today.

Led by musical director Lazina Gheyselinck, the choir comprises local people of mixed ages, backgrounds and nationalities.

Their repertoire includes everything from The Sound of Music to Schubert, My Fair Lady to Mozart. They perform locally but also further afield, most recently, at festivals in Rome and Portugal.

Today, they sang rousing versions of lots of Christmas favourites.  As you can see, the children all enjoyed joining in as part of our pre-Christmas festivities.

 

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