Rainham fundraiser who crawled marathon dressed as snail dumped by charity
�An extreme fundraiser from Rainham who took a month to crawl the London Marathon dressed as giant snail has been dumped by his charity for not raising enough cash.
Lloyd Scott inched his away around the 26.2-mile course face-down on a sledge – at a rate of around a mile a day – in a giant costume of Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout.
The 49-year-old, who lost nearly a stone in the challenge, suffered constant nosebleeds, cramps and vomiting and was even advised by medics to abandon the attempt.
But bosses from children’s disability charity Action for Kids, for which Lloyd was fundraising director, sacked him just 11 days after crossing the finish line because the stunt had cost more money to stage than it made in donations.
“I still hadn’t recovered physically,” said Lloyd, “and most marathon runners will tell you that collecting the money afterwards is almost as hard as doing th race itself. I just feel that the action taken was hasty, uncompromising, and unnecessary.”
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Lloyd had been working for the charity for nine months, and claims to have launched several successful fundraising ventures in that time, including the charity’s “best ever” Christmas raffle.
He said: “No-one ever queried my ability then. I feel sad and a bit hurt but I’ve had great support from the community.”
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Lloyd, a former fireman, has raised more than �5million for various charities since his first London Marathon in 1990, after beating leukaemia.
He once ran the race in an antique diving suit and pulled in more than �300,000 in donations after cycling across Australia on a penny farthing bike.
But this year, Lloyd who had hoped to get �200,000, only managed to raise little over �19,000.
The charity had forked out more than �16,000 on costumes for him and his support team, as well as thousands more on PR.
Charity founder Sally Bishop said: “Due to limited resources, like all charities we must make sure that we make the best possible use of our limited funds. Our priority is always to our donors and the children and families we support. So it is with regret we had to take this decision.”