Admiral staff set sail for Sierra Leone Marathon

Six employees from Admiral are gearing up for the race of a lifetime when they take part in the Sierra Leone Marathon next week.

The group of six Admiral staff signed up to the marathon after a visit to the office by a representative from the charity Street Child who organise the marathon. Street Child’s aim is for the reduction of children living their lives on the streets of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. The marathon will take place in the town of Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone and where Street Child was set up in 2008.

The team of six have had their flights paid for by Admiral, but still needed to raise at least £500 each for Street Child. Not only will the team from Admiral be running in the race, but they will also be visiting educational projects set up by Street Child in Makeni and helping out in any way they can.

The team have raised money in numerous ways, including; a cake sale, a raffle for a day off work, a pool tournament and there will also be a live music event taking place in Cardiff to help raise even more money. So far the team has raised over £2,300 for the charity.

Darren Bushbye, one of three runners from Admiral’s Swansea office explained why he wanted to run the Sierra Leone marathon, “In the year 2000, I was deployed on an operational tour with the Parachute Regiment to Sierra Leone and I would like to go back there to see how much the country has changed since 2000.

“It is now meant to be one of the safest countries in Africa, which it was not in the year 2000! I’d also very much like to raise money for a very worthwhile cause whilst doing something I love - running.”

Matthew Crole-Rees, one of three runners from Admiral’s Cardiff office explained his reasons for running, “My grandparents are from Tanzania and opened my eyes to some of the horrific conditions that street children in Africa have had to endure. Street child’s work looks priceless and if running 26 miles encourages people to donate to such a great cause it’s definitely something worth doing.”

The team fly out to Sierra Leone on the 22nd May and return on the 28th May.