News from the Fundraising team at Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.

Thank you to our incredible London Marathon team

A massive thank you to our 2024 London Marathon heroes, for going above and beyond for the cause of dyslexia, and for really making a difference.

Five intrepid runners signed up for the Helen Arkell team in this year’s London Marathon which took place on 21 April.

It’s a gruelling test of endurance and considered the pinnacle of achievement for many runners. All of our runners completed the course, encouraged by the incredible atmosphere and cheering crowds along the route.

Darren, Douglas, Jack, Jemima and Naomi all showed incredible determination to help us fulfil our mission to transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia.

The months of intense training in order to manage the 26.2 miles involved running whatever the weather, on dark evenings after work and chilly early mornings.

On the day itself, the team all completed one of the greatest challenges there is, collecting their hard earned medals before celebrating with proud family and friends.

You still have the opportunity to lend your support. Your contribution, regardless of its size, can really make a difference to our work. Together, we can create a lasting impact in the lives of those with dyslexia.

If you wish to sponsor our runners, please visit their individual fundraising pages here.

London Marathon 2025

If you’ve been inspired by this year’s runners, and are successful in the ballot for the 2025 London Marathon, you can apply for a place to be part of the Helen Arkell team.

If you would like to apply for one of our charity places, complete the short form here: London Marathon 2025.

By |2024-05-09T13:44:36+01:00April 24th, 2024|Fundraising news, Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments

Big Walk for Dyslexia 2024

We’d love you to come and join us for our Big Walk for Dyslexia on the afternoon of Sunday 12 May. As last year, we will be walking in beautiful Farnham Park – just along from the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity in West Street in the centre of Georgian Farnham. And once again, we’re absolutely thrilled to be part of the Farnham Walking Festival.

Teddy Arkell was all set to eat every crumb of cake last year and this year we are determined not to let him, so he will be on his best behaviour and there should be plenty of tea and cake for you all after the walk, back at the Centre.

Join in wherever you are!

If you can’t attend on the day, why not do a ‘virtual’ walk for us (and virtual cake munching) and tag us as you share your photos on social media?

It’s a fun family day out, with dogs very welcome, but of course, the most important bit is that it is all to raise money to help the charity support adults and children with dyslexia and to raise awareness of dyslexia and the work we do here at Helen Arkell so we would love your support.

You can find out more and register here. See you there!

Tesco Stronger Starts!

We’re in the customer vote for a Tesco Stronger Starts!

This is a scheme which gives community projects like us grants of up to £1,500. This money could make a huge difference by helping us to support children or adults with dyslexia who might otherwise be unable to access this life-changing help.

Tesco customers can vote in the following stores during April, May and June to decide how much funding we get, so please support us next time you shop at Tesco!


Alton Express, Anstey Lane, GU34 2NF

Four Marks Express, GU34 5HG

Bordon Tesco, GU35 0AX


Banbury Extra, OX16 1LX

Banbury Express, Middle Road, OX16 3QT

Banbury Express, High Street, OX16 5EG

Find out more about Tesco Stronger Starts

Meet our London Marathon runners 2024

Support our amazing London Marathon 2024 runners

These dedicated individuals are pushing themselves to the limit training in preparation for the event on 21 April.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’re running to raise funds for the people we support at Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.

Click on their stories below to find out what led them to commit to running for Helen Arkell and how you can support them.

Darren is running the marathon
Jack is running the London Marathon
Naomi is running the London Marathon
Douglas is running the London Marathon
By |2024-04-24T09:29:40+01:00March 25th, 2024|Fundraising news|0 Comments

Book our annual Golf Day now!

Join us at Worplesdon Golf Club for our annual golf day – a morning of golf followed by a delicious buffet lunch and raffle.

This is a wonderful opportunity to play this stunning course while raising money for those in need of dyslexia support. Worplesdon is one of the classic Surrey heathland courses, laid out in 1908 by J F Abercromby. Why not get a team together for a fun day out?

Please register here.

We look forward to seeing you at Worplesdon Golf Club on May 9th!

Buy personalised cards and support the charity!

Purchase a card for the icons in your life this Mother’s Day and help support Ryman’s mission to empower positive mindsets for those with Dyslexia. When you purchase a personalised card through the Ryman app you are helping to donate a minimum of £100,000 to the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity and the British Dyslexia Association over the next three years.

Download the new ‘Ryman’ app, search thousands of artists’ designs, and personalise your card. Order and collect in-store in 60 minutes from over 190 Ryman locations across the UK.

By |2024-04-24T09:29:59+01:00February 29th, 2024|Fundraising news, Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments

CEO’s blog – Our Patron HRH Princess Beatrice hosts a tea party

Our Patron HRH Princess Beatrice hosts a tea party

Wow, what a day we had on Wednesday!  This was the day when our Patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, hosted a tea party at St James’s Palace for 30 of the closest supporters of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.

Our mouths dropped open when we saw the Queen Anne State Room, where this intimate gathering was to take place. The sense of occasion and of history, was overwhelming. We just felt so lucky to be there!

Princess Beatrice opened proceedings by talking about her long association with Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, initially having received help from the charity before then joining officially as Patron. She spoke openly about her own personal experience of dyslexia, and her determination to ‘change the narrative’ so that people with dyslexia are appreciated for all the many attributes they bring to the table.

In addition to having our Patron present, we were also thrilled to be joined by our Vice Patron, Susan Hampshire CBE, whilst also announcing the news that Roger Jefcoate CBE has joined us as Vice Patron too. The event was all the more poignant because our founder Helen was with us in spirit, through the presence of two generations of her family, including son ‘PJ’ and grandson Peter, who continue to be closely involved.

Our next speaker, Jemima, gave an emotional account of her own personal journey with dyslexia, and the part that Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity has played along the way. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Jemima spoke emotionally of all the support she has received from her number one fan, her Mum, who has absolutely believed in her unique abilities every step of the way. The fact Jemima is in the last few weeks of training before she runs the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon for Helen Arkell is just the icing on the cake!

Princess Beatrice made a beeline for Jemima after she’d spoken, to congratulate her and wish her luck. She also circulated through the whole room, taking time to speak with all our guests and hear about their various different connections with this special charity. She heard how Lynn and Christopher from the Aegis Trust had flown in from Switzerland to join our gathering, and how their foundation have particularly supported the charity’s mission to provide bursary-funded help to disadvantaged families from lower-income backgrounds, as well as training teachers. Her Royal Highness also met David, from the Constable Education Trust, who provided bursary funding for low-income families to receive the help they need, and also sponsored two years of rent for the charity’s premises, where lots of the support of children and adults with dyslexia takes place.

Princess Beatrice then met Theo Paphitis, who has set up a Dyslexia Bursary from which training is provided to State School teachers across the UK, delivered by the Helen Arkell team of experts. She wished Theo well when she learned that he’s boosting donations to the Charity by personally challenging himself to do the cross-Pennines walk in May. She also met many others in the room who are likewise putting their bodies on the line by undertaking challenge events for the charity, or who have signed up to be members of the Friends of Helen Arkell club.

As she was about to say her goodbyes, she stopped for a chat with our brilliant volunteers Vickie and Linda, whose contribution involves anything and everything to support the charity, from stuffing envelopes to serving teas and coffees at the charity’s events. This time, however, the roles were reversed and Vickie and Linda were waited on hand and foot alongside all our other guests.

The two hours of the tea party flew by, and then it was time to make our way back through the impressive corridors of St James’s Palace, out through the ancient gates, and capture some last selfies outside before heading home. This event will live in the memories of the Helen Arkell community for a very long time, and reinforces our determination that, between all of us in a big team effort, we will not only help more and more people with dyslexia across the UK in the coming years, but in particular we will help more and more who are from disadvantaged communities and would not otherwise receive the support they need.

Onwards and upwards!


By |2024-04-24T09:30:03+01:00February 19th, 2024|CEO blog, Fundraising news, Latest news|0 Comments

Donate your Occasion to Helen Arkell

The demand for our dyslexia services is at an all-time high. If you wish to support individuals with dyslexia, you can donate your special occasion to Helen Arkell.

You can easily raise funds by creating a Facebook Fundraiser or setting up a JustGiving Page. Instead of receiving gifts, kindly ask your friends and family to donate online.

The funds raised will enable us to provide support to more individuals with dyslexia, helping them unlock their potential and achieve success.

You can also send e-cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, anniversaries and retirements etc from and make a donation to us with the money you save on buying cards and on postage.

Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot.

By |2024-04-24T09:30:10+01:00January 3rd, 2024|Fundraising news|0 Comments

New Year, New Challenge?

Are you looking ahead and wondering what kind of adventures 2024 will bring? Can we suggest a few for you so that you not only have an amazing time, but raise some vital funds to help us give life-changing support to children and adults with dyslexia?

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Sunday 13 October
The half marathon around London’s Royal Parks is one of the most iconic and beautiful, especially as it is in autumn and the trees are lovely. How else can we sell this to you? We would absolutely love you to run with our team and raise money to help us support children and adults with dyslexia.

Find out more and register here.

Discover Adventure Challenges

Choose an adventure to suit you!

We have partnered with specialists Discover Adventure to offer you a huge choice of trekking and cycling challenges in the UK and across the world that take place throughout the year. If you have a passion for travel, this is an amazing way to see some fantastic places. These include:

Northern Lights Winter Trek in Iceland

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Sea to Summit – includes cycling, hiking and kayaking

Cornish Coastal Challenge

Tour du Mont Blanc

Vienna to Prague Cycle

And there are other challenges further afield!

Find out more here.


By |2024-04-24T09:30:11+01:00January 1st, 2024|Fundraising news, Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments


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