Vicki Evans was due to be running through the streets of London this Sunday, taking part in the Virgin London Marathon for Hope House.

Determined to carry on, she will now be running laps of her garden at home instead, dodging trampolines and playhouses and stopping at water stations manned by her husband Karl and their two amazing daughters Poppy and Lyla.

Poppy was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition just before her fifth birthday. Her incredible family has learned, with Hope House's help, to take one day at a time. They live in the 'now'.

That was why running the London Marathon meant so much to Vicki – she wanted to raise thousands of pounds to thank Hope House and to make sure we could afford to support even more children like Poppy. Never have we been more in need of that support.

Covid-19 has put a stop to Vicki’s London plans, but she is determined to carry on. That is why she will be running 2.6 miles in her back garden this Sunday.

Run or Walk with Vicki

And she’d love as many people as possible to join her virtually, by running or walking in their gardens and posting photographs tagged #Run4Poppy.

Says Vicki: “When I heard that the London Marathon was postponed I was gutted because I know how much Hope House rely on fundraising to pay for the amazing care and support they provide to families like mine.

“I am due to run London on the new date of October 4th, but Hope House need donations now, more than ever, so I thought I need to do something on April 26 to help.”

Please join Vicki on Sunday. You can run, skip, hop or walk around your gardens and the distance is completely up to you! But don’t forget to take some photos and tag them #Run4Poppy!

If you would like to donate to Vicki’s fundraising please go to:

Or you can set up your own 2.6 Challenge and support Hope House and Ty Gobaith in these uncertain times. The first 50 people to sign up will receive a special medal to celebrate their support.