Introducing our new charity partnership: Marathon Kids UK in Redditch!

New charity partner announced

We are so excited to announce to you our new charity partner for the next 12 months – Marathon Kids UK in Redditch!

This fantastic charity is dedicated to inspiring the next generation to become more physically active and prioritise both their physical and mental health. 

Marathon Kids UK is a national children’s charity that has engaged over 200,000 children in over 900 school and park locations since its inception in 2011. The charity’s aim is to encourage children to get the 30 minutes of recommended daily physical activity through running practice, with the goal of improving each child’s well-being and encouraging a life-long healthy habit.

Christopher McShane, Managing Director of Marathon Kids UK, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as charity of the year. With this relationship we will positively impact the children and families of Redditch contributing to our overall goal of reducing childhood obesity and poor mental health. Inactivity is a behaviour associated with negative health consequences, which begins in childhood and follows individuals throughout their lives. These problems can be solved, but only if children are provided with opportunities to form healthy habits whilst they are young – that’s where Marathon Kids UK comes in.”

Ken Williams, General Manager at Kingfisher Shopping Centre, commented on the partnership: “Being able to support charities that aim to encourage a happier, healthier next generation is crucial to supporting the youth in our community. The goal of our partnership with Marathon Kids UK in Redditch is to raise awareness within a family setting of the importance of looking after your physical health, and how this subsequently positively impacts your mental health.”

The Marathon Kids UK in Redditch programme takes place every Saturday at 9.30am and involves warm-up games, relay races, and a 20-minute endurance run. Free for all families, the event is located at:

The Abbey Stadium,
Birmingham Rd,
B97 6EJ

Jason Furness, Community Ambassador of Marathon Kids UK in Redditch, told us:
“The partnership with Kingfisher is a huge help for allowing us to reach even more children within the Redditch community, and continues to help us encourage children and families to get involved in running practice.

“We believe that no child should be left behind. Our programme is completely free and open to children of all ages and abilities, and we pride ourselves on being special educational needs and disabilities friendly, as well as engaging even the most hard-to-reach kids.”

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