Each year, BAFTA receives a small number of London Marathon places thanks to the patronage of our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
In 2020 our runners are Lucas Webb, Jo Goodenough and Ben Smart. As well as running the marathon, they are fundraising for BAFTA Kids activities. Read their stories below to find out more about why they are running for BAFTA Kids, and show your support by visiting their fundraising pages through clicking on their photos.
As an active BAFTA member for the past 25 years, I've attended regular screenings & events, & voted yearly (with a bit of celeb spotting here & there). It wasn't until I had my 3 children that I realised just how amazing the charitable work is that BAFTA provides.
One of the activities which is of particular interest to me is BAFTA children’s hospice screenings. I spent a bit of time in hospitals as a teenager and can vouch it's not enjoyable being ill. The opportunity to bring a little bit of normality and respite from medical treatment is hugely valuable.
As a young Australian who knew nobody in the Film and Television business but had a certain level of support and opportunity, I can only imagine how difficult and intimidating it must for those who have had neither. The change in our business must start at grass roots, and in particular, with the young and less advantaged.
What are they running for?
BAFTA Kids spans a range of activities aimed at 7-12 year olds, including:
The BAFTA Kids Roadshow in partnership with children's mental health charity Place2Be. The roadshow visits schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK, delivering a series of workshops and masterclasses hosted by well-known children's television presenters. The roadshows focus on developing children's 'soft skills' such as confidence and resilience through interactive activities, as well as encouraging them to widen their aspirations and consider future careers in the film, games and telelvision industries.
Our Red Carpet Experience at the Children's Awards, which offers children aged 7-14 the chance to engage in a fun filled day of activities, with interactive masterclasses and competitions, learning how their favourite television programmes are made, and finishing off with a visit to the real red carpet at the annual Children's Awards, where the children can welcome the guests and meet their favourite celebrities.
A series of special children’s hospice screenings throughout the UK for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, offering them the opportunity to spend quality time together, away from the stresses placed on them as a result of their child's illness, in a safe space where they can feel comfortable, without any concern that their presence might disrupt other cinema goers.
BAFTA hopes it can give children and their families very special experiences and treasured memories that they otherwise might not have been able to access. We are grateful to anyone who has donated to our runners and enormously grateful to the runners themselves.
For more information, please contact:
Laura Kloss, Fundraising Officer
T: 020 7292 5825
E: [email protected]