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Sunday 22nd April will see the streets of London flooded with people dressed up in all manner of outfits for the 32nd London Marathon.
The London Marathon began in 1981 and since then the runners have raised well over £500 million for good causes.
With the recession still biting hard and with no sign of it getting better anytime soon, the importance of this level of fundraising cannot be ignored.
Charitable giving received a huge knock in the Budget with the cap on tax relief for donations, which will have a big effect on the amount of philanthropic giving. Therefore the money raised on Sunday will have an even bigger hole to fill.
We mustn’t forget the role charities play in our modern society; they pick up the slack from the over-stretched NHS and offer a sympathetic ear to millions of people up and down the country on a daily basis.
Everyone has different reasons for supporting charities, and at Insurancewith we support charities such as Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT) and the Genetic Alliance UK because they offer us guidance and support on a range of medical conditions. We want to fully understand their members’ conditions so we can offer relevant medical screening for all our customers, which in turn enables us to offer far more competitive medical conditions travel insurance.
Furthermore, with guidance from charities we have also developed specific cancer travel insurance and travel insurance for diabetes patients, which is why £1 from every Insurancewith travel insurance policy sold is donated to charity.
Now more than ever we need to support charities in any way we can, be it having a charity cake sale or quiz night to sponsoring someone to run the marathon, or even running the marathon yourself! So please support where you can, I know what I will be doing…. yes that’s right, buying cakes and sponsoring someone else to do the running.