A LOCAL chief executive and keen amateur athlete taking part in this year’s London Marathon is asking for donations to help him reach his fundraising target for YMCA Humber.
Malcolm Smith has been in training for nearly two years for the event, which will take place over 26.2 miles in the capital on Sunday 24 April.
It is the culmination of an 18-year journey for Malcolm, who underwent a major operation in his teenage years in order to live life free of pain and discomfort. It was at this point that he told doctors that, one day, he would run the London Marathon.
He decided to raise money for YMCA Humber after being inspired by the stories of the young people he works alongside at the charity and now, with less than a week to go until the big day, he is asking for local people to also donate to his cause.
He said: “Unfortunately I began life with a body that I was told didn’t work properly and I was assured there would be things that I would not be able to achieve.
“Fortunately, I was born into a loving family who cared for me and gave me all the encouragement I needed.
“With the support of friends and family, I was able to accomplish many of the things that I was told would be beyond me.
“But so many of the people we come into contact with at YMCA Humber do not have that support – the barriers they face seem insurmountable – they have constantly been told that they cannot achieve nor accomplish their goals.
“Our staff and volunteers are telling them each day, ‘yes you can’ and encouraging them to achieve and reach their goals.
“My 18-year journey has been one of ups and downs, just to get my body ready for this challenge and that is why I want my story to be one that makes a difference to the lives of young people who think they can’t achieve their goals – to show first hand that ‘yes you can’.”
YMCA Humber provides a range of services in North East Lincolnshire, including supported housing projects and detached and community youth services.
In total, it supports 150 young people and the money raised by Malcolm will help the charity continue its vital work.
YMCA Humber Communications Coordinator, Jonathan Byrne added: “We are all behind Malcolm in his marathon effort to raise funds for YMCA.
“We use our fundraised income to pay for the support we offer for young people across North East Lincolnshire and every penny really will count.
“We would urge you to please support Malcolm today and help him reach his target to give him the boost he needs when he steps out on that starting line on Sunday 24 April.”
DONATE | Please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Malcolm-Smith13 to donate to Malcolm. Donations will be split between YMCA Humber and YMCA England, the national council of YMCA’s across the country.
To find out more about what the YMCA does to help in your community, visit: www.ymca-humber.com.