As some of you may remember, Sedbergh School had a fantastic team of runners that took part in the 2017 London Marathon, raising money for the charity Afghanaid.

Afghanaid is again on the hunt for runners to take part in 2019 and as a lesser known charity they really struggle to find recruits.

The London Marathon, which will be on Sunday, April 28th next year, is an incredible experience and the Afghanaid London team is on hand every step of the way to support runners with their fundraising and training. The minimum fundraising target is £1,500, and with dedication, this was met or surpassed by all 2017 runners.

Afghanaid was set up as a British humanitarian and development organisation in 1983 and for 35 years their majority Afghan team has worked with deprived and vulnerable families in some of the poorest and most remote communities in Afghanistan. They have delivered basic services such as clean water, sanitation and education and we specifically target women’s economic empowerment and gender rights. In the areas where they work, over 90% of the population is dependent on agriculture and they have helped the poorest farmers produce more by teaching them improved farming and husbandry techniques. Since 2014, their agriculture projects have supported 92,300 farmers.

They have just launched a new project to empower Afghan women to claim their economic, social and political rights and during this three year project, 1,000 vulnerable women in the Samangan and Ghor provinces will be supported.

For more information please see the Afghanaid 30th Anniversary Film.

If you are interested in running with a charity place, please contact Rebecca Hodge at rhodge@afghanaid.org.uk or 02070650825


London Marathon Application Form 2019