Watford Based BBC Broadcaster to Run London Marathon For Childhood Bereavement Charity

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Watford Based BBC Broadcaster to Run London Marathon For Childhood Bereavement Charity

Local BBC journalist and sports broadcaster Ian Williams will be pounding the pavement at the London Marathon this April, all in aid of a worthy cause. Ian is lacing up his boots to raise funds for Winston’s Wish, the UK’s first children and young people’s bereavement charity.

This challenge comes close to home for Ian, who was inspired to support the charity after the sad passing of his friend and colleague, Russ Hargreaves, in December 2023. Russ left behind a young family, and Ian learned that they were receiving support from Winston’s Wish. Good friend and colleague Ian Williams will be donning the coral crest of Winston’s Wish at the mighty London Marathon to raise funds for the charity.

“When I talk about Russ’ death with people who did not know him,” Ian explains, “their strongest reaction is often when I mention his young children. All of the children are 10 or under – and that fact elicits the strongest emotional response from others. I learned that the children were receiving support from Winston’s Wish. It seemed a no-brainer that I should do my bit to give back.”

A familiar voice to sports fans, Russ Hargreaves was a well-known figure on talkSPORT. Ian describes him as “a lovely guy” who was always positive and well-liked by his colleagues.

Having participated in the London Marathon before, Ian is no stranger to the grueling 26.2-mile trek. He highlights the unique atmosphere of the race, both for runners and spectators. “There is something magical about being on the Mall at that finish line,” he says.

While the physical challenge is significant, Ian’s motivation goes far deeper.

“It’s a cliché that everyone says kind things about someone when they pass away,” he says, “but Russ was one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with.”

Knowing the impact Winston’s Wish has on bereaved children gives Ian the determination to keep going when the race gets tough. “It’s comforting to know that I’m helping those who do have the training and the skills to make a difference,” he shares.

Ian’s dedication to honouring his friend while supporting a vital charity is truly inspiring.

Absolutely, here’s a rewritten version of the additional information:

Winston’s Wish: A Lifeline for Grieving Young People

Winston’s Wish is the UK’s leading children and young people’s bereavement charity. They provide vital support to over 60,000 young people each year who are struggling with grief. Their services include direct support to young people, online resources like podcasts and articles, and training and support for parents and professionals working with bereaved children.

Winston’s Wish relies entirely on donations to deliver their services completely free of charge. They need to raise £2.5 million annually to continue their critical work.

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