Maxine Thomas


10 April 2019

Maxine Thomas- Marathon Runner

A local Oxford woman will be raising £2,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity in this year’s London Marathon.

Maxine Thomas, an active runner, has a fundraising target of £2,000, but is hoping to smash that with her upcoming fundraising activities, including a fun run and Rock n Roll Bingo.

Maxine will be supporting SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity where her father, Frank Whiting, has volunteered as a Branch Treasurer in Oxford for over thirty years. 

Her father, Frank Whiting, received the Oxfordshire Charity Volunteer Award in 2016 to honour his thirty years of service to SSAFA.

She said: “My Father has been volunteering for SSAFA for thirty-two years now as the Branch Treasurer for the SSAFA Oxford branch. In that time, our lives have changed considerably – he now has seven grandchildren and one great grandchild!’

“Running 26.2 miles seems like such a lot but it is such a small thing compared to the time that he has given up for SSAFA over the years.”

 “I’ve been really lucky with all of the support so far! I’m so grateful for all of the donations that are going towards helping the Armed Forces and their families.”

Her father, Frank Whiting, said: “Maxine has wanted to challenge and push herself for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity for such a worthwhile cause.”

“I really enjoy volunteering for SSAFA and seeing that the money people donate really does make a difference. “

If you would like to donate to Maxine’s fundraising, please visit her fundraising page:

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Forces, and their families. This includes both regulars and reserves.