Mike is fundraising

Mike runs the London Marathon 2019 for Bishop Simeon Trust

£1155.00 + £158.75 Gift Aid = £1313.75
Donated to Mike’s £1000.00 Goal

Mike’s story

I am Mike Plowman and I'm running the London Marathon this year to support the fantastic work of the Bishop Simeon Trust in South Africa. They help vulnerable children suffering from severe poverty and the impact of HIV/AIDS, providing for their immediate needs through community based Safe Parks alongside training, education and advocacy that helps tackle the underlying causes of poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

I have only ever run one marathon before and that was back in Glasgow in 1983! So here I go again 36 years later! I've run a couple of half marathons recently, but I am wondering if time has allowed me to forget if there was a reason I hadn't already run a second full one!?!

I am keen to use this challenge to raise as much as possible to help the charity with all that it does for children. I am determined to raise at least £1,000 (and preferably lots more!) for the Bishop Simeon Trust. So please give generously and if you can share the link to this page so others can find out more about the fundraiser and this wonderful charity. Thankyou for your support! And if you're near London on Sunday 28th April 2019 do come along to give me some encouragement!

Find out more at www.bstrust.org

All funds raised will be passed to the charity irrespective of whether my target is reached, not reached or exceeded.


Bishop Simeon Trust

The Bishop Simeon Trust is a UK charity that helps vulnerable children in South Africa.  We work with community-led organisations in Ekurhuleni Municipality, a relatively neglected area to the South East of Johannesburg to which we have been committed for nearly 30 years. We pride ourselves on long-standing relationships of trust and collaboration.

The communities we serve face multiple challenges: persistent poverty, HIV/AIDS, stigmatisation, marginalisation. We believe that people working together can overcome these problems and regularly see people show great resourcefulness, compassion and dignity in the face of great challenges. Together we are committed to assuring that the most vulnerable children have a positive and safe childhood.

People in Ekurhuleni live in incredibly difficult circumstances. 15% of the population live with HIV/AIDS, 18% of households have no income and one third of all children go hungry every day – that’s around 300,000 children.  

In these circumstances children are left vulnerable and experience high rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, peer relationship difficulties, suicidal urges, delinquency and homelessness. They struggle to access education, social services and health, thereby denying them the possibility of reaching their full potential, as well as the right to dignity for themselves and their families. These are the children and young people that the future of South Africa depends upon.

Our support is focussed on supporting local community led organisations to develop two main services in line with national standards: Early Childhood Development Centres and Isibindi Safe Parks. This combination of services provides vital protection and support for children from the age of zero to eighteen.

Our community partners and their teams of Child and Youth Care Workers can reach up to 2,000 vulnerable children each day. A Child and Youth Care Worker is more than just a member of staff. To children they are a trusted friend, big brother or sister, surrogate parent, educator, self-esteem builder or counsellor when times are hard. They help families by instilling structure at home, assure children attend school and their families register for government grants or educational bursaries. They also link to other protection services, providing referrals to social work and health support. They seek to be what a vulnerable child needs in their lives, in their communities and when they need it.

By helping Safe Parks to work towards nationally accredited standards they can qualify for sustainable statutory support. Our aim is for them to be sustainable and independent of us as they help young people to grow into the leaders of tomorrow, capable of building a better South Africa for their children.  

Find out more at www.bstrust.org

Registered Charity Number: 1016122.

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