Pippa’s London Marathon for Sullivan’s Heroes – to build brighter futures for disabled children

Local charity Sullivan’s Heroes, which offers fundraising support and financial assistance for families funding vital home adaptations for a disabled child, is delighted to have an entrant in this year’s London Marathon on 22nd April 2018.

The intrepid runner is Pippa Hannard, from West Sussex, who has been busy training over the cold winter months to be marathon-ready in time for the gruelling event. All funds raised will be used by the charity to provide financial grants for disabled children, needing adaptations to their homes to meet their care and health requirements, so they can continue to be cared for at home, safely and with dignity.

Sullivan’s Heroes charity was set up by Fiona and Richard Smith, who having been through the process of adapting their house for their disabled son Sullivan, discovered there was little in the way of financial assistance towards this, where the costs are in excess of a Disabled Facilities Grant awarded. Tragically, Sullivan passed away in January 2015 shortly before the work on their home was completed. Since then, Fiona and Richard have strived to help other disabled children and their families going through the same arduous adaptations process for their disabled child, and requiring to fundraise to meet the costs for these essential adaptations for their child to live comfortably and safely in their home.

The charity is now helping 27 families fundraising for their child’s home disability adaptations – with many families having reached their targets and building works getting underway, plus other families having completed their projects and now putting their life-changing adaptations to use.

Pippa is no stranger to marathon running, having already generously completed the Dublin Marathon in October 2017 to raise funds for Sullivan’s Heroes, together with the Prague Marathon in 2014 to raise funds for Sullivan’s own home adaptations. However, the London Marathon is Pippa’s most ambitious yet, as she wants to raise the largest amount of funds to date for her chosen charity.

To show your support for Pippa and her enormous effort – and to donate to raise funds for Sullivan’s Heroes and the disabled children they are helping, please visit:



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