By now you may have heard me on the radio or read about my London Marathon bid to raise £26,000 for 26 local North Norfolk charities. So what’s it all about and why am I doing this?
When I became your MP, I always wanted to do something really big for our local charities. I wanted to use my platform to help North Norfolk, and from very early on, this idea of raising money for local good causes was something I was determined to do.
Having not really done any serious running since I was at school, I had no idea if I would have the time, let alone the ability to run a marathon. But in life, if you want to do something enough, you just do it.
So on the 3rd October I will line up with 100,000 other runners to run the most famous 26.2 miles course in the world. And in doing so I want to ensure that for every mile I complete, a local North Norfolk charity will receive a £1,000 along the way.
It’s a mammoth fundraising task, but after the year we’ve all had, I want to give a little something back to our charities that have done so much and kept our communities going through the pandemic. 43 charities were nominated by you, the residents of North Norfolk - and in a live draw last Friday, the 26 charities for whom I'll be raising money were chosen. You can find out more about the charities and how to donate at www.duncanbaker.org.uk/marathon.
Now the hard work begins! If you see me running along, looking rather tired out, please give me a wave or a honk. I hope that by the end of the marathon, I can have helped spread a little bit of good spirit to those that support North Norfolk so much.
Member of Parliament for North Norfolk