Charity fundraiser holds four hour marathon – around his own garden!

Charity fundraiser holds four hour marathon – around his own garden!

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A FUNDRAISER from Crosby has raised more than £3,415 for Seafarers UK by taking on a four-hour marathon – as more than 200 laps around his own garden!

Asbjorn Kops, who is Danish and has lived in Crosby since 2015, is Maersk’s director of Product. Maersk is the leading provider of logistics services and the biggest shipping line in the world.

The father of three, who is 48, took on his own marathon at home in April, with donations flooding in to his online donations page on Virgin Money Giving.

He said: “Working at Maersk, we take much interest in the wellbeing of seafarers around the world, and in UK we support the charity organisation Seafarers UK who have been assisting seafarers and their families in UK for over 100 years.

“I was invited by Seafarers UK to join their fundraising team for the London Marathon. With the marathon and other fundraising events postponed or cancelled, Seafarers UK find that their funding is challenged while their need has never been higher.

“The problem is that many sailors and their families, like so many others these days, are finding themselves in very difficult times.

Many of them are forced to take much longer tours of duty because new crew cannot be provided. Some sailors are even abandoned in port by their ships, with no arrangements for repatriation. So Seafarers UK need emergency funding and I decided that I would run the equivalent of a whole marathon on the original date to help raise money.

“Due to social distancing I did the whole run as 210 laps of 204 metres! I finished the challenge in under four hours – three hours 54 minutes and 50 seconds.”

To add to his donations, go to

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