Running for GOSH

Heroes from Butlin’s and Monarch Airlines battle London Marathon 2017 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Fundraising mission

This year’s London Marathon saw some fantastic efforts from our partners including Butlin’s head gardener, Jim, who added this to his list of achievements in his fundraising mission for GOSH. Additionally, an amazing team of four from Monarch Airlines attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a four-person costume by taking part in a model aeroplane.

Jim from the Butlin’s Skegness resort swapped his gardening gloves for running shoes to take part in the annual Virgin Money London Marathon in April as part of our ongoing partnership with Butlin’s.

This is the latest challenge Jim has taken on for GOSH Charity. Renowned for his purple wheelbarrow, Jim has taken part in lots of brilliant and often self-devised challenges both on and off resort, raising thousands of pounds for the charity. From a 30-mile Easter wheelbarrow ride involving his grandson dressed as an Easter egg, to completing the Three Peaks Challenge and climbing a set of steps at Butlin’s 900 times, it’s safe to say his hard and continuous work inspires guests and the Butlin’s team alike!

Jim completed the London Marathon in just over five hours and said: “It was an honour to run the London Marathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. The last mile was hard but knowing how important the cause is kept me going. Bring on the marathon next year! Thanks to everyone who sponsored me and to my colleagues at Butlin’s for supporting my fundraising activity.”

Take off

The Monarch crew took off in search of setting a London Marathon world record in support of GOSH.

Alongside Jim and the 350 runners who took part in the London Marathon in support of GOSH, one particular team stood out more than most. The Monarch foursome were running for the Monarch Foundation charity partners, GOSH and Macmillan Cancer Support. Led by Captain Simon Gauge, the man behind the idea, the team included Cabin Crew Caroline Brown, Captain Steve and Cabin Crew Manager Jacq.

Monarch Airlines running the London Marathon for GOSH
The custom-made Monarch aircraft was built by a team of apprentices from Monarch Aircraft Engineering specifically for the world record attempt. It was 5m 35cm long, weighed 21kg and was made of lightweight aluminium. 

Delayed arrival

The team were disappointed they didn’t achieve their goal. They were on track until the halfway stage, before injury struck one of the team. Despite this, the reaction of the crowd to their efforts was truly memorable, and over £10,000 has been raised for GOSH and Macmillan.

Two more Monarch employees took part in the event for GOSH Charity: Tom, Aircraft Engineer at Gatwick and Gary, Sales Director at Bromley.

Thanks to all Monarch and Butlin’s supporters for their fundraising and triumphant efforts.

Learn more about Butlin's and Monarch and read about their activity in support of GOSH over the years.