Grant’s Marathon run for Youth Sport Trust

A drive to raise funds for a children’s charity has inspired Grant Streader from Foresters Friendly Society to take part in the 2024 London Marathon. Grant, Head of Operations at Foresters, has firmly marked Sunday 21st April on his calendar, as he will be taking on the extreme challenge of running the 26.2 miles to raise funds for Youth Sport Trust, the UK’s leading charity improving every young person’s education and development through sport and play.

Grant, who has fundraised for numerous Foresters Annual Charity Appeals, said “Sport and fitness are something I have always been interested in. When I heard that our President (John Springham) had chosen Youth Sport Trust for his Annual Charity Appeal, he had my attention, and when he asked me to run the London Marathon, I said yes without hesitation.

I’ve participated in running events over the years for different charities, but this is one that resonates with me a lot, especially as I have two children who would probably prefer TikTok and Snapchat to a pair of running shoes, a gym, or a ball! My greatest achievement might be to see if I can get them out on a couple of training runs with me.

I haven’t run a marathon in several years, so this is definitely going to be a challenge. It will take months of hard training and preparation, but I’m determined to put my best foot forward. I hope that this will help to boost donations for our Annual Charity Appeal, as it’s for a really great cause, so if anyone would like to make donation, big or small, they can visit my Just Giving page. I’d be very grateful for the support.”

John Springham, President, added “My extreme thanks to Grant for his support of my Charity, Youth Sport Trust, in running the London Marathon. The support of his efforts will go a long way in supporting the encouragement of young people to take part in play and sport to increase their wellbeing and help with their mental health. Thanks Grant.”

Jen Rouse, Commercial and Fundraising Director at Youth Sport Trust, commented “We’re hugely grateful to Grant and Foresters Friendly Society for their commitment to the health and happiness of future generations and support of our charity mission to build brighter futures for children and young people through the power of play and sport.”

If you’re interested in supporting our Annual Charity Appeal, you don’t have to run a marathon to make a difference – why not come up with your own personal challenge to mark on your calendar? Any support would go a long way!

Check out the Youth Sport Trust website for events and handy fundraising resources.