Swanwick school worker to run marathon for Cambodia children’s charity

Andrew Crosby, who works at Swanwick Hall School, will run the London Marathon on April 22 as part of a 175-mile fundraising challenge for Cambodian children's charity Golden Futures.
Andrew Crosby, who works at Swanwick Hall School, will run the London Marathon on April 22 as part of a 175-mile fundraising challenge for Cambodian children's charity Golden Futures.

A Swanwick education worker has set out to raise funds for children in Cambodia over a series of endurance tests including the London Marathon.

Swanwick Hall staff member Andrew Crosby, 50, is walking and running a total of 175 miles for the charity Golden Futures.

He said: “After a number of years supporting local and national UK charities I wanted to help young people in another part of the world.

“The one thing that makes me passionate is helping young people realise their potential.”

Andrew’s challenge began last year, and he has already raised more than £2,500 after completing the Leicester half-marathon, and the 50-mile Round Rotherham walk on the same weekend in October.

Now he has set himself the stretch target of £4,000 and is gearing up to take on his second London Marathon on Sunday.

He ran it for the first time last year and raised more than £4,000 for the UK charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

He will complete his challenge in June, when he returns to his birthplace on the Isle of Man to attempt the 85-mile Parish Walk in just 24 hours.

Father-of-three Andrew, who has worked in the community for more than 25 years and is also a governor at Lons Infant School, said: “Training is going OK, I have put in a lot of miles since I started training last August and I hope this will put me in a good position for both the events.

“None of this would be possible without my friends from the walking group Boots & Blogs, who have supported me with my training and fundraising.”

Andrew has worked with Golden Futures for several years through his role at the school, supporting the charity in its mission to give orphaned and vulnerable Cambodian children the support they need to get a fair chance in life.

The charity was set up in 2007 by a pair of university students who came back from volunteering in south east Asia and decided to do something to ensure the children they had been working with had a future outside the orphanage.

Golden Futures now funds advice, mentoring and financial support services to ensure that a childhood in care or in poverty does not then lead to a life on the streets, where there is a high risk of becoming involved in drugs, prostitution or crime.

n To find out more about the charity and make a donation to Andrew’s fundraising, go to https://goo.gl/KGtcqF.