Challenger Profile


Paul Dunning

Challenge Date:


My Challenge:

To bring hope to children living in extreme poverty by running 26.2 miles through rural Rwanda.




Sponsored Target:

Online Total: £1,140.10

Offline Total: £25.00

Gift Aid: £271.78

At 45 years old I've challenged myself to run my first marathon - in the hills of rural Rwanda.


For the past year I have been attending various groups and events speaking about the work of MAF, a charity who bring hope to the most isolated and vulnerable people using aviation and technology. Being involved with this work has sparked a genuine interest in understanding the plight of communities living in extreme poverty.

I've never seen what people face in the global south, and I'd like to see first-hand the challenges of lifting people out of poverty. When I'm sharing about these issues in a youth group, church or WI meeting my message would be so much more effective if I could speak from personal experience.

Me and my family sponsor a 6 year old boy called Crisford, who lives in Ghana. We write to him and love to receive letters back from him. I am seeing how the work of Compassion UK is making a huge difference in children's lives around the world. Through this challenge I want to raise support which will enable more lives to be transformed.

I would love it if you could take a few minutes to look at the Compassion UK web site. There you can read about some of the children that desperately need a sponsor. It would be fantastic if you could sponsor a child who is living in poverty. It costs £25 per month (83p per day) and your giving will change a child's life forever. It doesn't just change the child's life; it has an effect on the whole family and community.

I'm in no way a seasoned runner, and I know that completing a marathon in the hills of Rwanda is going to be a massive challenge for me. I'd appreciate your support. Please consider making a donation to the work of Compassion UK, and help me reach my target of £2,500 and 20 sponsored children.


Donation of £10.00 by Viv

Recommend loud singing to ward off mountain gorillas lurking around those hills! You are far braver than me. Sounds amazing!

Donation of £100.00 by Ida Woodger

Best of luck Paul!

Donation of £10.00 by Jo Crotty

All the best with your preparation and the marathon itself. Well done x

Donation of £10.00 by Tracy Davies

Donation of £99.00 by Martin

Those early mornings will pay off Paul....even if it’s not for you. Well done. Brilliant effort

Donation of £22.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £10.00 by Paul Dunning

Donation of £13.00 by Hinges and Brackets Customer Collection Pot

Donation of £20.00 by Mr Paul C Dunning

Donation of £10.00 by Tricia

Way to go Paul you awesome dude!!!!

Donation of £613.10 by Quiz Night!

Donation of £10.00 by Linda

Good luck Paul!

Donation of £13.00 by Hinges and Brackets Collection Pot

Donation of £10.00 by Hinges and Brackets Customer Collection Pot

Donation of £20.00 by Rosemarie Wilding

Donation of £30.00 by Joel Dunning

Donation of £10.00 by Hinges and Brackets Customer Collection Pot

Donation of £20.00 by Gary & Jenny Colvin

Blessings on this great challenge.

Donation of £25.00 by Colin Bott

Well done Paul for taking this on. This is a massive challange and your legs will be feeling it......but you do have the advantage of being able to walk on your hands. Would love to hear that you have managed to do a short section like that. Great cause, helping to change those young lives. All the best From the Bott's

Donation of £15.00 by Mike and Jo Riley

Amazing! Well done Paul. Really hope the training goes well and look forward to updates xx

Donation of £20.00 by Adam Shapter

Good luck