Actively fundraise for Help & Care

We are continuously looking at new ways to raise funds so that we can continue to deliver vital services to people in the local community. Fundraising presents an exciting opportunity not only for you to help us generate much-needed financial support, but also to have some fun and take on meaningful challenges.  

 Do you have a creative idea or would like to set up an event to raise money for Help & Care? Please contact us. You can choose to support a specific service or fundraise for Help & Care as a whole. Every donation makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.  

This year, our London Marathon runners are raising funds for the Roots project. To donate any amount, small or large, you can do so directly through our PayPal link here.


London Marathon 

Every year, Help & Care has places for the London MarathonThe TCS London Marathon is one of the top-five World Marathon Majors and well-known events in the UK. Since it was first run in 1981, the marathon has raised over £890 million for good causes, becoming the largest annual fundraising event on the planet. The event attracts all sort of different people, from professional athletes to amateur runners, creating an exciting and inspiring atmosphere.

Run for Us- Apply for One of TCS London Marathon 2025 Places

Experience the thrill of running in one of the world’s most iconic marathons while making a meaningful impact in your community. By securing one of our charity places, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the TCS London Marathon on Sunday, 27th April 2025, and support our Roots Gardening Service.

I believe that our places in the TCS London Marathon are a win-win-win. By being a part of this world-renowned event, we offer people a chance to take part, we get a spotlight on us; a smaller, yet significant charity, and each of our runners rases at least £1,500 for Roots”.

_ Mark Shaman, CEO, Help & Care.


At Roots, we support adults to manage and enhance their mental health conditions and wellbeing through volunteering in gardening activities. They volunteer to help maintain the gardens of older and individuals and people living with disabilities in our community.

Money raised from fundraising has significantly benefited our volunteers and clients by enabling us to provide essential support and resources. These include:

  • Training and support for people living with mental health conditions.
  • Maintenance and enhancement of gardens for older individuals and people living with disabilities.
  • Fostering a sense of belonging and social connection among our volunteers and beneficiaries.
  • Expanded outreach efforts and raising awareness about the benefits of gardening for mental health within our community.

Learn how Roots helped Dan Recover from depression and anxiety here, Peter’s story here and Ann’s story here.


Whether you are a weekly Park Run athlete, a Couch-to-5K-graduate, or contemplating your first pair of trainers, the London Marathon is open to all. It can be a hugely rewarding experience, and with Help & Care, you'll join a small community of runners to help on your journey.

By joining our group of fundraisers, you will have access to:

  • Peer support through a friendly WhatsApp group (optional)
  • Advice from our own expert, Esther, who is a keen runner and gives fundraisers lots of great tips
  • A pre-run catchup in Bournemouth to meet your fellow runners.

Of course, this support is not essential, but our fundraisers often find real value in the community, especially as most tend to be from the Dorset area.

As a charity runner, you'll be tasked with raising a minimum of £1,500 for our Roots Gardening Service, which provides essential support to individuals in need. Your participation not only helps us raise vital funds but also shines a spotlight on our organisation.


Interested in applying? 

If you would like to join our London Marathon team, please send an email to our Income Generation/Fundraising Officer, Charlie Monkcom at

We can't wait to meet you, and thank you for your interest in joining #RunForRoots. 




What our fundraisers say...