They are looking to raise a total of £6,000 to be split between the two charities. While there have been runners who have previously completed the 26.2 miles around Britain’s capital for the charities, this is first time both organisations have been granted a dedicated place at the Virgin Money London Marathon.
In 2007, the Manorview Hotels and Leisure Group was founded by Glasgow-based Graham when he purchased The Commercial Hotel in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
The company has since expanded and now boasts a total of 16 licensed trade properties, comprising five pubs, two nightclubs and nine hotels, and a total staff of nearly 600. The group actively support charities and in 2017 raised and donated a total of over £48,000.
Judith King, fundraisers’ assistant from When Wish Upon a Star charity in Scotland, said: “We are honoured that Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group continue to support our work. By taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon in April, the two Steves will become Wish Granters for just some of Scotland’s most deserving children who live with a life-threatening illness.
“We wish them both the very best with their final training preparations and to the amazing challenge of the marathon itself, their support is greatly appreciated by everyone in the Scotland team at When You Wish Upon a Star.”
This is the first marathon for both Graham and Buckley and the pair have been training together at one of the group’s hotel gyms.
Graham said: “At Manorview we instil a strong emphasises on the value of people. Our charity initiative grows that ethos to go beyond our Manorview team to cultivate care and consideration for others.
“We’ve set ourselves a challenge. It will be a great achievement. We’re delighted to help two very worthwhile children’s charities who deserve to receive this support”.