Charity of the Year

Every step, every mile, will help keep every child safe. Run for Team NSPCC.

We’re delighted to be the official charity partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2016 – a year that also marks 30 years of our ChildLine service. So, we’re asking runners to make their marathon even more amazing and run for the NSPCC to help us keep every child safe.

The difference you can make

ChildLine is here for all children, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. When a child contacts ChildLine to tell us they’re being abused, feeling suicidal or are in danger we take immediate steps to make them safe. But right now we can only help three out of every four children who try to contact us.

This year we’re asking our marathon runners to raise £2.3 million to help us be there for every child who needs us.

The needs of children are changing

Last year, for the first time, two thirds of the children who contacted ChildLine did so online. Some young people find it much easier to express their feelings in this way – particularly when they’re talking about issues like suicide and self-harm. We know how important it is for these children to get support. But it takes ten times longer to counsel a child online than over the phone. This takes time, and it takes money.

Join Team NSPCC and help keep every child safe

In our official charity year, we’re asking runners to join the team that will raise £2.3 million to help us answer every child who contacts our ChildLine service. We will:

  • recruit and train more counsellors – cutting down the queuing time for children waiting to get help
  • introduce email-only teams who can respond more quickly to children that contact us online
  • invest in better technology that will mean our counsellors can give consistent support at a time when children need it most.

#TeamNSPCC Virgin Money London Marathon journey

How we’ll support you

Join our team, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. We’ll help you prepare for race day – from training sessions with our team of running coaches, to team socials, NSPCC Marathon Team forums and music playlists on our NSPCC Spotify profile. And we’ll help you smash your fundraising target too. Our dedicated marathon support team will be here for you – offering lots of fundraising ideas and advice. Find out more at

But most importantly, you’ll know that whether you’re battling blisters, pounding the pavement, or resisting the urge to hit snooze before an early morning run, it’s worth fighting for. Because every step, every mile, will help keep every child safe.