The Sussex Beacon charity organises the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon. It is our biggest annual fundraising event which enables us to continue our vital work, and you can be a part of it.
The Sussex Beacon offers specialist care and support to men, women and families living with HIV. Over 104,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK, and Brighton has the highest proportion of people living with HIV outside of London. Open 365 days a year, our inpatient and outpatient services help people living with HIV related illnesses, provide emotional support, help with starting new drug therapies, and facilitate end of life care. Our approach to care is about looking after people’s physical and mental health. You can help us continue to offer support to those who need it most.
In 2016 we had over 250 Team Beacon runners hit the start line of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, raising a record breaking amount of over £35,500 for The Sussex Beacon! We were thrilled with the comments we received from our runners after the race – here are a few of our favourites:
“Roll on 2017!”
“I thought the whole event and day was very well organised. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and instructions and information sent to me via email from The Sussex Beacon was accurate, informative and very helpful. Would definitely run this again and support The Sussex Beacon again.”
“Thank you for the wonderful & caring job you provide for people with HIV. You give them hope and I have met a few who are doing well as a result of the love and support they got. Thank you.”
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to run in the Brighton Half Marathon and I would like to do so for The Sussex Beacon again next year.”
Running a half marathon is an incredible challenge, and running for a good cause gives you extra motivation to train and reach that finish line! The £150 we ask each Team Beacon runner to fundraise, allows The Sussex Beacon to continue providing our vital services which promote independence and improve health and wellbeing.
Tom Oakden brought a group of dedicated runners to Team Beacon for 2016, and here’s why:
“I decided to run for the Sussex Beacon as have some friends who have been served so excellently by you. To be available 365 days of the year, helping serve people in real need, I find it a privilege to be fundraising to support that, for our city.
“Sponsorship is so much more than raising money. There’s much opportunity to bring awareness that the Beacon is simply there, what you do, your history, and the reality of the needs that you serve. So many people seem to have an affection to the Sussex Beacon, a lot from personal association which is a brilliant encouragement.”
Our wonderful Team Beacon runners receive:
• A technical Team Beacon running vest
• Access to the primary positioned marquee by the start/finish line
• Invitations to Team Beacon training runs in Brighton.
• An invitation to a Team Beacon vest collection and social evening in Brighton
• A Team Beacon fundraising pack.
• Support and guidance from our challenge events fundraiser.
• You will be a vital member of the biggest charity team at the race!
Joining Team Beacon
You can enter here. Choose The Sussex Beacon Charity Entry and follow the steps.
Download our helpful Fundraising Guide which includes: a letter from our CEO, fundraising and JustGiving tips and guidance, a printable sponsorship form, a fundraising planner, and a competition sheet.
Once you have signed up, you may want to set up a JustGiving page so you can start fundraising! Just click https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/sussexbeacon/teambeacon to see our Team Beacon Campaign and hit ‘Fundraise for us’ to set up your own page and join the campaign.
Save the date! Pop along to the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, on Friday 27th January 2017 to meet your fellow runners, share complimentary refreshments and collect your Team Beacon technical running vest.
Any questions? Contact our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie Hemming on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 694222.
Now all that’s left to do is train and fundraise – good luck!