Running to fund life-changing music

Alex Briggs works in the Nordoff Robbins fundraising team and is taking on the London Marathon this year in support of our life-changing music. Every day in his job, Alex gets to see the amazing impact music can have on people’s lives and frequently speaks to our inspirational supporters, who enable us to reach more vulnerable and isolated people through music. We spoke to him about his training journey and his motivations for powering through 26.2 miles to bring the power of music to the people who need it most.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO TAKE ON THE LONDON MARATHON FOR NORDOFF ROBBINS?

It was the obvious choice for me to choose Nordoff Robbins to support! Every day I see first-hand the way that Nordoff Robbins’ music therapists reach people through music, and I also see how rewarded those who fundraise for us feel having supported our work. I’ll never forget joining in a group music therapy session for people living with dementia, and seeing the impact that it had on the group members as they re-connected with music and memories that they’d enjoyed in their past…it’s very hard not to be inspired by music therapy once you’ve seen it.

HOW DO YOU PUSH THROUGH HARD TRAINING RUNS/WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP GOING?

Really, just knowing the great ways that Nordoff Robbins changes lives is pretty good motivation for me! Whenever someone makes a donation to my fundraising page I feel like I need to put everything into working even harder.  I’ve got to keep going even when the training is hurting my knees and lungs, and really testing my endurance.

HOW DO YOU USE MUSIC AS THERAPY PERSONALLY/WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

I don’t think there’s been a day where I didn’t listen to music since I had one of those massive CD players when I was about 4. I play and write music too and I’m constantly listening to one of my playlists, which I’ve got for every mood under the sun. It’s tough to put into words but music really is an incredibly powerful form of therapy for me.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE LONDON MARATHON?

I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and seeing thousands of people taking on a huge challenge for a variety of amazing causes…but mostly I’m just looking forward to making it to the finish line in one piece!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE THINKING OF TAKING ON A CHALLENGE EVENT TO SUPPORT NORDOFF ROBBINS?

It isn’t always possible to give as much as you’d like to the causes you believe in, so this is the perfect way to raise way more funds for an amazing charity than I ever would have been able to give on my own. I’d say that if you want to help a charity and don’t know exactly how to, taking on a challenge event is one of the most rewarding and fun ways to support a cause…I couldn’t recommend it enough!

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