Brig-y-Don Children’s Charity will split the funds raised by runners entering the marathon’s three events – the Full Marathon, Relay and the 3k Fun Run – with the marathon’s official beneficiary, Seeing is Believing (SiB), an initiative launched by Standard Chartered in 2003 to tackle avoidable blindness around the world.

‘We are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to sign up to take part in one of our three marathon events,’ said Richard Ingle, chief executive officer at Standard Chartered in Jersey.

‘Over the past 10 years the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon has helped to raise valuable funds for a number of local charities and has helped to change the lives of many people around the world through our Seeing is Believing initiative. This year we are delighted that Brig-y-Don will be joining this long list of local beneficiaries, and we are hoping that as many people as possible will sign up, either on their own or as part of a relay team, to help support these great causes.’

Brig-y-Don Children’s Charity was set up in 1925 and provides services and experiences that will improve the lives of children in care in Jersey. Last year alone the charity helped over 300 children and young people in the island.

The charity’s share of the money raised at the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon 2016 will help to fund two schemes that have recently been set up to improve the lives of young adults as they leave care. The Independent Moving On Grant assists and supports care leavers to live successful independent lives, helping them to find appropriate housing and training opportunities. The Graduation Grant provides funding for care leavers to attend their graduation ceremony if they attain a university degree. Two grants have been awarded in the past year, paying for the graduates’ travel costs, academic dress, photos and other items needed for the ceremony.

The marathon’s local charity partner was chosen through a ballot at Standard Chartered’s Jersey office. Staff were invited to nominate local charities that had not been supported in previous years, and the charity with the highest number of nominations was presented to the Jersey Marathon Trustees for their approval.

‘We are so grateful to the sponsors that we have been chosen to share the benefits of the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon 2016. This will make a massive difference to the work that we do for the children and young adults we support in Jersey,’ said Wendy Nerac, fundraising manager at Brig-y-Don Children’s Charity.

Mourant Ozannes is once again sponsoring the relay race and Jonathan Speck, managing partner at Mourant Ozannes in Jersey said the firm was proud to be involved.

‘Now a well-established fixture in the island’s sporting calendar, the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon has become a terrific community event, helping to raise money for many good causes, as well as being a great day out for runners and spectators.’

Runners are being encouraged to donate to the event’s official charities as they register to take part in one of the marathon’s three events. After signing up to race, entrants will receive an email with a link to a personal or team fundraising page, which they can share with friends and family and keep track of how much they have raised. Those who are not running can still support the chosen charities by donating here: https://race-nation.com/donate/159

This year the Standard Chartered Jersey marathon will take place on Sunday 2nd October. Online entry is open at www.jersey-marathon.com