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London Marathon 2019

As you may have seen on our social media recently, BFIRST have officially been offered a place in the London marathon 2019!  This will give us the opportunity to raise even more money to fund our various projects and means we have a further opportunity for lots of fundraising. Donations of any amount will be gratefully received.

So, how did we achieve this? Earlier in the year, we entered ourselves into a charity ballot, offering the possibility of one place in the marathon. Hundreds upon hundreds of small-scale charities enter this ballot in the hopes of being chosen, and this year we were fortunate enough to be one of lucky few!

The next question, of course, is who will be running?

George Winkley graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham back in 2016. He is currently completing his foundation year 2, having worked as a junior doctor for the past 2 years in various placements in Birmingham. These have included A&E, trauma and orthopaedics, general surgery, GP, respiratory medicine and sexual health. As an RAF doctor, George will spend the next year working as a general duties medical officer at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. From there, he is hoping to begin GP training.

This will not be George’s first marathon. Having previously completed marathons in Paris, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as more recently, a half iron man challenge. While not directly involved with the work of BFIRST, George came to hear of our work through the Secretariat over the past few months and explained he’d be more than happy to run for us. He very much looks forward to racing on our behalf and we wish him the best of luck on the big day!

We would appreciate as a much support as possible in this project, particularly in terms of fundraising. If anyone has any ideas or would like to volunteer themselves to take part in any potential fundraising activities, please email If you feel like joining us in London on the big day, details will be released on our website and social media in the lead up to the event.

Most importantly, you can donate directly via our official Virgin Money Giving page! Please be as generous as you can and help support our efforts in providing life-changing reconstructive surgery and essential training to those in some of the world’s poorest countries: