Newly-weds run honeymoon marathon for seafarers’ charity

Associations, Charity, Clubs, Sports — By on June 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Vikki Firth ran the London Marathon for AoS in 2013.

Vikki Firth ran the London Marathon for AoS in 2013.

Running a marathon is exhausting enough but it takes a really special person (or couple in this case) to want do it during their honeymoon.

That’s exactly what newly-weds Vikki Frith and Ben Thompson have decided to do on their honeymoon – run a 70-mile ultra-marathon (as the organisers describe it) along Hadrian’s Wall to raise funds for seafarers charity Apostleship of the Sea.

The pair married on June 14 and are set to take part in the ultra-marathon on June 21.
Vikki ran the London Marathon for AoS in April 2013 and raised the grand sum of £581 and Ben is a seafarer himself; so their affinity with AoS comes as no surprise.

The couple say on their Just Giving page, “Only 1% of food imports [into the UK] arrive by air – the rest by ship. You may have thought about ‘food miles’ or buying Fairtrade but have you thought about the conditions on board the ships that bring these goods to us?”

“It falls to a charity to provide extremely basic services which most people wouldn’t call a privilege, but for many seafarers that is exactly what they are. Apostleship of the Sea helps the seafarers living in isolated, lonely and tough conditions by providing both physical aid and pastoral care.”

Please show your support to Vikki and Ben and help a seafarer today by donating. Visit their Just Giving Page here and make your donation online.

The Apostleship of the Sea, AoS, is a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England & Wales and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to continue its work.

90% of world trade is transported by sea, and more than 100, 000 ships visit British ports each year. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely, with harsh working conditions. AoS chaplains and ship visitors provide seafarers with pastoral and practical assistance regardless of nationality, belief or race.

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The link to Ben and Vikki’s Just Giving Page.  https://www.justgiving.com/BenandVikki/

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