Introducing our new star fundraisers!

We’re shining a spotlight on our incredible Run Wild team, who were put through their paces at the 39th Virgin Money London Marathon this April.

We want to thank our team of 20 runners who stepped-up to collectively raise over £17,000 which will go towards purchasing a Born Free Dragon to help our anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring work in Africa. We couldn’t possibly pick one ‘Star Fundraiser’ because they are all inspirational, so we asked our runners what inspired them to support Born Free…

Holly Piper from London:

“Born Free help animals far away as well as those here in the UK, fighting for their rights and being their voice.”

Paul Bizewski from West Sussex:

“I know that the money we have raised will help to preserve wildlife in its natural environment for our future generations to live alongside."

Tim Brear from Ilkley:

“I’m proud to support Born Free for the sake of all endangered animals and for our grandchildren and their children!"

Will Thompson from Frankfort, USA:

“Born Free has taken on the noble role of protecting our natural world and for this, we are all deeply indebted.”

Andrea-Lee Jones from Burton on Trent:

“It is an honour to be part of the team working to bring Dragons to Africa and beyond. I believe we can all make a difference.”

Andrew Cummings from London:

“The Marathon is a great opportunity for me to help raise awareness of the amazing work Born Free do and raise some money in the process!"

Robin Reeve from Twickenham:

“Wildlife welfare means a lot to me, and knowing that I was fundraising to help this wonderful charity spurred me on to complete the 26.2 miles!”

Carly Botterill from Dubai:

“I have always had a huge passion for helping animals and as soon as I was old enough, I started donating to Born Free, so it was a huge privilege to run on their behalf to support their work.”

Pardip Minhas from Middlesex:

“The work and dedication of Born Free is absolutely amazing.”



Also running for Born Free were Kevin Stevens and Jay Waite from Colchester, Anita Thacker and Priti Jethwa from London, Tafi Gashi from London, Olivia Childs from Middlesex, Michelle Lindfield from Colwyn Bay and Tony Bugby from Stockport, who ran 25 consecutive London Marathons between 1992 and 2016!

Thanks again to all our wonderful runners!

If you’ve been inspired to take-on a challenge to support our work, be it the London Marathon or another challenge, please email Events Manager Joanne Bartholomew for advice about the next steps: 



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