Run for Charity

The following charities have chosen to secure ‘guaranteed places’ in the 2008 Edinburgh Half Marathon for runners who wish to run and raise much needed funds for their good causes.

Any local or national charity is invited to apply for nominated charity status. Please contact the Event Director using the form on the Contact Us page of this website.

If you wish to participate in the event and raise money for one of the listed charities please contact them directly by clicking on the charity logos shown below to visit their website, or by using the contact details supplied.

If there is a charity not listed that you wish to raise money for then simply contact them direct and make your arrangements. They will be delighted to hear from you.

Marie Curie Cancer Care


Cancer is the UK’s biggest killer. Every year it claims the lives of more than 150,000 people, with a further one million living with the disease at any one time.

Established in 1948 – the same year as the NHS – Marie Curie Cancer Care is now one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, we provide care to around 25,000 people with cancer every year, along with support for their families.

Marie Curie Cancer Care will care for you from start to finish – free vest, training advice and cheerers along the route. Join our Daffodil team and help us care for more people with cancer in the comfort of their own home.

For further information contact Elspeth Utterson by telephone on 0131-456-3728, or visit our website at

Royal National Lifeboat Institution


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. To go on saving lives at sea means training and equipping our vital volunteer crews which costs money and, as a charity, the RNLI relies on your support.

Each year it costs over £1,000 to keep each of the 4,500 volunteer lifeboat crew members trained and ready to launch in all weathers, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The RNLI receives no central government funding to turn these ordinary people into extraordinary lifesavers.

You can be extraordinary too by choosing to run in aid of the RNLI. We have assured places up for grabs and we offer all our runners a package of support, including training plan, fundraising advice and running vest. We’ll even lend you an individual promotional ‘lifeboat’ for the day and be there to congratulate you on crossing the finish line.

Get in training and become a lifesaver today. For further information, call 01738 642999, email or visit our website at

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading specialist dementia charity working throughout the country to provide care and support to people with dementia, their families and carers.

The charity provides practical services on over 60 sites throughout Scotland including day care, home support and carer support groups. They publish booklets, reports and a quarterly newsletter keeping carers, people with dementia and professionals up to date. Our public policy work directed to lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Westminster includes policy analysis, briefings and activities to raise public awareness. We also carry out medical and social research.

Our 24 hour Dementia Helpline 0808 808 300 and our website provide expert information about dementia and the services of Alzheimer Scotland.