Haberman Ilett recently donated £1,450 to the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children (IHCC), raised by myself on behalf of the firm, for running the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April.

When asked to describe my experience I can say that, despite all the weeks of training, nothing can quite prepare you for the day itself.

Nervously standing at the start line in Greenwich there was nowhere to hide and the race began.  The sun was shining and the atmosphere was amazing, with huge crowds cheering all the way along the route.  Friends and family were out to support and each familiar face I saw helped spur me on.  I am relieved to say I made it to the finish line, not exactly smiling, but having really enjoyed the run.  Now I keep being asked will I do it again – never say never, but probably not anytime soon!

I am very grateful for the incredible generosity of my colleagues, friends and family in helping to raise funds for the IHCC.  It is a fantastic amount to be able to donate on behalf of everyone at Haberman Ilett and shows how valuable and important people consider the work of the charity to be.

The IHCC is a charity dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries, primarily through the prevention and early intervention of childhood hearing loss.  A charity with close connections to Haberman Ilett, being run by the parents of Nathan Choudhury, senior associate, it is currently working in partnership with the firm to organise a series of fundraising events throughout the year.  The next opportunity to raise money is the IHCC Bike Challenge later in May.  With a range of both physical and mental challenges planned, it is a day which we are all looking forward to but, if last year is anything to go by, will no doubt prove to be highly competitive!