Admiral staff's marathon effort in Sierra Leone

Six employees from Admiral have returned to work after completing the Sierra Leone Marathon in the city of Makeni in the west African country.

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 team of six had their flights paid for by Admiral, but still needed to raise at least £500 each for Street Child. So far the team has raised over £3,700 for the charity through a number of different fundraising events.

Whilst in Sierra Leone, as well as running the marathon, the team took part in a number of community projects with Street Child in Makeni as well as playing football against teams of local children.

Matthew Crole-Rees, one of the runners from Admiral’s Cardiff office tells us about his time in Sierra Leone, “The whole experience of running the Sierra Leone marathon and helping the Street Child charity has been truly humbling and will stay with me forever. 

“From the  moment you arrive in Sierra Leone you are thrown into the “real world” and get to see first-hand, the difference the charity is making to children’s and their families lives, but also the need for more help. 

“The most inspiring thing I noticed was the children’s desire to get educated to make better lives for them and their families.”

Darren Bushbye, a staff-member from Admiral’s Swansea office tells us more, “It was such a fantastic experience to be lucky enough to run a marathon in Africa for the charity Street Child, but more importantly it was amazing to see first-hand where all the money that was donated by Admiral employees was going. Hopefully we have raised some awareness of the charity and the fantastic work they do!”