Center Parcs duo go toe-to-toe in marathon challenge

Eddie McAdam and James Barrett are raising £5,000 to support charity partners, NSPCC ChildLine Each year, around 36,000 men and women don their trainers and sportswear – or outrageous fancy dress costume – and compete in the London Marathon, a 26.2-mile course around our capital. This year, on Sunday, April 13, the streets of London […]

Eddie McAdam and James Barrett are raising £5,000 to support charity partners, NSPCC ChildLine

Eddie, left, and James at last year's London Marathon
Eddie, left, and James at last year’s London Marathon
Each year, around 36,000 men and women don their trainers and sportswear – or outrageous fancy dress costume – and compete in the London Marathon, a 26.2-mile course around our capital.

This year, on Sunday, April 13, the streets of London will be the setting for a head-to-head between two fierce rivals. No, we’re not talking about Olympic champion Mo Farah, this is the battle between Center Parcs’ very own Eddie McAdam, Food and Beverage and Retail Manager, and James Barrett, General Manager of Elveden Forest.

Protect a generation
But the two marathon men are running for more than just pride and future bragging rights – they’re raising money for one of our charity partners, NSPCC ChildLine, supporting the ChildLine Schools Service. This ground-breaking service aims to protect a generation of children, by having specially trained volunteers visit every primary school in the UK to help children understand abuse and give them confidence to talk.

Eddie says: “All children have the right to be safe and happy which is why I am a big supporter of NSPCC ChildLine. They do incredible work and I’m just thrilled I can do something to help make ChildLine Schools Service a reality.”

“I read that, although 4,500 children call the freephone helpline everyday, only 2,500 calls can be answered due to available resources,” adds James. “It costs £4 to answer a call and £40 to counsel a child. Every penny that Eddie and I raise will help answer another call from a child in distress.”

Gruelling training
The pair have clocked up thousands of miles between them in training for this year’s event, and for Eddie it’s proving to be a great way to keep in shape. He says: “At the moment I’m running about 70km a week. I have to be careful of what I eat and drink; my daily target is a net 1,500 calories. If I stick to that, I’ll be losing about 2lbs a week!”

Both Eddie and James have ran the marathon once before, last year, but it proved a valid learning experience for one of them. James says: “I’m built for rugby rather than running. I found the marathon last year a lot tougher than I thought it would be and I certainly didn’t do enough training. This time I’ve roped in my neighbours – an international triathlete and an ex-marine – to help me!”

Help James and Eddie reach their target
If you would like to support ChildLine and the ChildLine Schools Service, there are two ways you can donate.
1. TEXT: Text CPUK87 plus the amount you would like to donate, to 70070. For example, CPUK87 £5
2. ONLINE: simply visit their JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity.
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