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Royal Parks Half Marathon 2021

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea are taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon due to the success we had in 2019 and 2020. It was an amazing event with more than 16,000 participants and 1,000 UK charities taking part. The excitement was contagious, as our runners did an amazing job finishing near the two and a half hour mark.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is an annual event that boasts 11 years of providing this experience. The half marathon is a 13.1 mile journey that takes in London’s world famous landmarks, and four of the eight London Royal Parks. This event is not just for the runners, it is also for the spectators to have fun as the Royal Parks Half offers a fantastic food and music festival.

Due to Covid-19 Royal Parks Half have changed the route for the run to take into account covid safety precautions however it still goes past key landmarks. Submisions for entering new runners close on the 3rd of September 2021 therefore save your space quickley as we only have 6 spaces left for #TeamAgeUKK&C!

We need your help now more than ever, so that we can continue to support older people in RBKC. Contact us at spradhanang@aukc.org.uk to take part now!

Why we need your support!

Isolation and loneliness are some of the prevalent issues that older people face in the UK as 1.9 million older people have reported that they often feel ignored or invisible. In Kensington and Chelsea alone 61 % of the people over 65 live alone, with more than 10% being a lone pensioner household. Although the borough is perceived as one of the more wealthy boroughs in London, there are still pockets of deprivation especially in the north, leaving little disposable income to enjoy life or socialise. 

Studies have also shown a correlation between isolation and loneliness; and physical and mental health, therefore at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, we do our best to uplift and befriend the older people in our community. We aim to ensure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported. The charity offers a wide variety of services which are aimed at providing legal advice, combating social isolation, practical help and so much more. Some of these services include information & advice; befriending & escorting; DIY & gardening; and activities & events to name a few.  

During the lockdowns we saw a steep rise in anxiety and lonliness, and many of the older people were the worst effected due to lack of digital skills and isolation. We have been doing our best to adapt out serices to coninue to support the older generation of the Borough through projects such as, Check in and Chat and Activities & Events online to name a few. For more information on the work we did during Covid-19 check out the report here.

Now more than ever we need your support to continue to provide the services imperitive to enable older people to maintain their independece; encourage and amplify thier vocie; and support thier needs. 

How to be part of our team

Our charity places are just £35 and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £250 to help older people live a better life.

Contact our fundraising team on spradhanang@aukc.org.uk to get started!

Already have a place?

If you already have a place through the organisers you can still help older people lead a better life by joining our team! Simply contact our fundraising team at spradhanang@aukc.org.uk to get started.

You can create a fundraising page by clicking this link.

 

 

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2019

We are thankful to Graham and Kirsty, two of the runners who took part in the Royal Park Half Marathon in 2019 on behalf of Age UK Kensington & Chelsea. They have previous experience in running marathons and half marathons and finished the run with great timing.

“We believe that with an increasingly aging population everyone needs more support as they become older, whether that's with getting advice or just having someone listen & talk to them. Age UK provide a great service and provide assistance in the local community and that makes a real difference to people's lives and reduces the isolation that many older people have nowadays.” G.

“Age UK do a fabulous job in looking after our ageing population whether it’s giving care  in their own homes, holding community group activities or reducing social isolation." K.