ABS Festival of Architecture Marathon

2016 is the Festival of Architecture, 100 years since the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was formed. As part of this celebration Director Matt Bridgestock is joining with lots of other architects across Scotland to raise funds for the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS), his preferred method of suffering for this cause is the Edinburgh Marathon 2016.

In 2014 Matt was part of a group of Glasgow architects who cycled from RIAS in Edinburgh to the RIBA in London. They raised £7,000 for the Architects Benevolent Society. Since then, that money has gone towards helping lots of people in all sorts of difficult situations.

The Architects Benevolent Society helps members of the architectural profession of all ages, and their families, who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other difficulties. Their support can include providing financial assistance to help members of the architectural profession with limited means to get by in difficult circumstances. They can help towards the cost of essential household items and repairs, provide respite holidays for carers, and even pay bills in times of particular hardship. They also offer confidential support and advice. Our qualified welfare team can advise on accessing state benefits and give assistance with housing concerns, needs related to care and mobility in the home (like stair lifts) and much more.

Although Matt has run some pretty daft events previously, he hasn’t run a marathon for more than ten years. Over 26 miles, suffering is pretty much guaranteed. He’s aiming to raise at least £10 per mile! If you are prepared to support this prolonged pain, with a few quid, then it will be greatly appreciated by Matt, John Gilbert Architects, The Architects Benevolent Society and future recipients of ABS support.

Pledge your support online.