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A team of beneficiaries from the charity Heropreneurs are giving back this weekend by running the London Landmarks Half Marathon

In a bid to fundraise for an organisation which provides training and mentoring to service leavers and dependants of the Armed Forces, the team will be running 13 miles past some of the world’s most renowned landmarks including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

On Sunday 3rd April Emily McGuirk of Small Steps Big Vision, Jon Reynolds and Jon Oates of Fish Bladder Games, Humphrey Maddan of Remaker, together with the charity’s Marketing & Events Coordinator Jenny Monaghan, will have their eyes on the finishing line and are hoping to raise over £2500 for Heropreneurs.

Mentee Jon Reynolds, CEO Fishbladder Games, training for the LLHM

Training has been taking place all over the UK and one runner is even based in Switzerland. ‘We set up a WhatsApp group to keep us all on track and build a sense of teamwork’ Jenny explains ‘Even though we haven’t been able to get together in person yet, it means we’ve been able to share experiences, personal best times, music playlists and injury recovery tips – it’s been great for morale’.

Heropreneurs is now in its 13th year of providing valuable business support to military veterans and family members who are interested in setting up their own business. The charity is formed with the spirit of entrepreneurism and offers practical help free of charge such as providing a mentor to individuals and hosting workshops, seminars and training on key aspects such as finance, investment, digital marketing and recruitment.

‘The support from Heropreneurs has been invaluable, especially in the last two years when all other networking options have been pretty much turned off’ Jon Reynolds shares.

Emily says ‘Starting a business has felt far less scary knowing I have access to the wealth of knowledge and experience of the Heropreneurs mentors’

Heropreneurs is a registered charity entirely dependent on donations, grants and raising funds itself. This is the first event of its kind for the charity who is harnessing the power of a wider fundraising event to keep money coming in.

Becci Parris CEO of Heropreneurs adds ‘There are different avenues open to us to fundraise for our charity, and like many charities it’s a constant challenge. This particular one relies on our community to come out directly to support us. We are so grateful to this team of runners for donning their trainers and making such an outstanding effort to give back – thank you and good luck’.

If you would like to sponsor the team running in the London Landmarks Half Marathon your donation would be most gratefully received. Please click here.

We would also like to thank Stootz Printing who has sponsored and provided the branded running shirts. Owned by another army veteran who is thriving in running his own print, vinyl and embroidery business.

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