Each year, BAFTA recieves a small number of London Marathon places as part of the Duke’s Charities Forum and HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s patronage of BAFTA.
Our runners fundraise to support a series of special Children’s Hospice screenings for children with life-limited conditions and their families throughout the UK. These families rarely have opportunities to spend quality time together due to the stresses, both medical and monetary, placed on them and as a result of their child’s illness. Equally, some families do not feel comfortable taking their child to the cinema as they are concerned their presence may be disruptive to other cinema goers.
BAFTA hopes it can give these families a very special experience and treasured memory that they otherwise would find extremely difficult to access. We are grateful to everyone who donated to our 2014 runners and enormously grateful to the runners themselves!
Our 2014 Runners...
On Sunday 13 April three Academy members and two BAFTA staff members ran the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of BAFTA.
Having started her career at BAFTA, Amy worked at BAFTA for almost 10 years, ultimately serving as the Head of Membership and Events. She then worked with Deloitte Consulting but the lure of film and television was too much and she became the Festival Director for the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Amy is now the Head of Events, EMEA at Google, having joined the company in 2010. A native Texan, Amy has lived in London for 17 years and has traded her cowboy hat for an umbrella. She lives with her husband Ed and their young daughter.
I love London, and I have always wanted to run the London Marathon. I have applied several times and never got a place. I am so excited this year not only to get a place, but to be running for BAFTA and raising money for the hospice screenings. I have 2 children and love taking them to the cinema – it’s one of the simple pleasures in life that everyone should be able to enjoy.
I was the speccy, asthmatic kid at school who couldn’t get round the playing field, so no-one is more surprised than I to be running my fourth London Marathon. A typical mid-life crisis has become something of a life-saver. A TV drama director for twenty years, I now head the Screen and Audio performance department at LAMDA, where I get to make films with the cream of tomorrow’s acting talent. I also run a small production company, AGC, making drama/comedy films for big corporate clients.
As BAFTA’s Chief Operating Officer for the past 13 years, I am proud to be supporting one of my favourite BAFTA initiatives; the UK-wide BAFTA Hospice Screenings, by running the 2014 London Marathon. In fact, the London Marathon will be the 50th race I plan to run as part of my 50:50 Campaign, which I’ve launched as my way of celebrating my 50th birthday which falls 4 days before the marathon. The 50:50 Campaign is about doing something amazing to celebrate your life and for me, that includes running 50 races, raising funds for five charities and embarking on a 50-pub pub crawl across the UK!
This is my first marathon, so I’m really grateful to BAFTA for giving me one of their coveted spaces! Training has gone pretty well so far - except for snow, I think I’ve ran in pretty much every other type of weather including gale force winds and torrential rain, but I’ve also been lucky enough to witness some truly beautiful sunny winter days and running round London’s parks is always a pleasure. Almost equal in pleasure to the giant meal that I wolf down guilt-free after a long run day.
BAFTA’s hospice screening programme is possibly the best part of its charitable programme. Giving young children and their families the chance to spend time together and lose themselves in a great film is fantastic and a cause for which I hope we can raise more money to allow it to continue for many years to come.