Campaigning Fundraising

Runners needed for Royal Parks Half Marathon!

We’re delighted to once again have runners taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 10th October, to raise funds for Voices Welcome.

If you’ve been running during lockdown and want to find the next goal to keep it up, this could be it!

We have two places left on our running team. All you would need to do is commit by paying £30 for your place, and then aim to fundraise £300 between now and October. Voices Welcome will give you support with fundraising and preparing for the race – and of course we’ll be there on the day to cheer you on!

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is back for 2021 with a stunning 13.1 mile route that takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Like many organisations, Voices Welcome has had to pause during the pandemic. Now we’re looking forward to getting up and running again, and we’d love your help to do this!

You can read more about the last time we took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon here.

If you would like to take part contact by 31 August.


Support us with your weekly shop!

We’re excited that Voices Welcome has been selected as one of the Co-op Communities Fund’s local causes!

If you’re a member of the Co-Op, every time you buy selected own-brand products and services, 1% of what you spend goes to help fund community projects like ours in your local area. You can select Voices Welcome as your chosen cause on the Co-Op website, or if you’re not a Co-op member, you can sign up here first for just £1 and then select us.

And you don’t have to shop only in Southwark stores to help us – you can shop at any Co-op store as long as you’ve select us as the local cause you’d like to support.

Your pennies will go towards supporting people who have fled conflict and persecution. Refugees in the UK face many challenges, whether it’s their legal status, housing, access to services and employment, or prejudice and intolerance from public anti-immigration sentiment.

We believe that creating opportunities for refugees to come together and sing can make a big difference to their quality of life, bringing them and their communities closer together.

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Fundraising challenge – Royal Parks Half Marathon

What was the challenge? Royal Parks Half Marathon


When? Sunday 13th October 2019


Where? Through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’ Park


Who was involved? Our (first ever!) Voices Welcome running team consisted of four volunteers – Laura O’Brien, Simon Cuthburt, Jeremy Parkinson and Xenia Davis.


How much did you raise? £1,900


What was it like? “The best thing about being a runner was that I found it really inspiring on the day to be running in a sea of so many other runners, so many of whom were running to support charities. I actually found it really emotional for the first kilometre or so, especially having been involved in setting up Voices Welcome from the offset, and it felt very humbling that we were now at a stage where we had a team of runners who believed in what we are doing enough that they’d all fund raised and trained to support us, and were now putting themselves through a 13-mile run on our behalf!

I initially had planned to run to music but as I crossed the start line I turned my music off and just ran and listened to the crowds – I felt like I wanted to experience it and really be there, and not be distracted in a world of headphones and audio input.

And also it’s a beautiful route!” – Team Voices Welcome runner

Find out what you can do to support Voices Welcome