PEI Partners plans equity haul for Downsed

Two key PEI staffers will run the London Marathon on behalf of Downsed, which provides educational support to young people with Downs Syndrome.

Having raised more than £11,000 (€12,500; $17,000) for Downsed, a UK-based charity which provides educational support to young people affected by Downs Syndrome, at last year’s London Marathon, PEI Partners is aiming for another significant sponsorship haul for this year’s event.

Running this year will be Jonathan Brasse, editor of sister news site PERENews, and Paul McLean, head of marketing and databases for Private Equity International. The event marks a return to the London Marathon for McLean, who ran last year alongside PEI’s editorial director Philip Borel, but it is a debut long distance run for Brasse.

Both have been pounding the streets of London for months in anticipation of the event, which is to be held on Sunday 25 April, and have reached the 20-mile mark in their training.

“This is one of the most exciting sporting opportunities around,” said Brasse. “To run for such a worthy cause as Downsed, makes it that bit more special.”

This time around, PEI Partners has raised more than £2,500 for the charity so far, but is seeking to supplement the figure with significant further sponsorship.

To help further their cause, visit the PEI Partners fundraising page.

The London Marathon is one of the most famous on the marathon circuit. Its 26.2 miles pass through the streets of the capital city from Blackheath, east London, to the famous finish line at The Mall.

Since the first race in 1981, 746,635 runners have passed the finish line and have raised more than £400 million.