The Story so Far

My Latest Challenge

In March 2022, I am set to take on my Miles for Meals challenge, with the aim of raising enough money to enable food poverty charity, FareShare, to provide 50,000 meals to those who need it most in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Together with my family, I will be walking from my hometown in Larne, Northern Ireland to Manchester in the North West of England over an eight-day period. However, that’s not the start of my journey – my journey actually began way back in March 2020.

How it all Started

Throughout the pandemic, I watched my hero Marcus Rashford feed kids through is charity work with FareShare and I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time too. I decided to run a mile a day for 26 days in March 2020 to raise money for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

After my first few miles, I was joined by Larne FC midfielder, John Herron.  As more and more people heard about my March marathon, media outlets wanted to support me as well.

Sky Sports reporter Paul Gilmour, himself from Northern Ireland, got in touch to request a Zoom interview with my dad and I to talk all about the campaign and my fundraising efforts to date.

I was extremely excited to be featured on Sky Sports News and understood the coverage could help me raise even more money for my charity but I was absolutely blown away by what happened next.

During the interview with Paul, my hero, the one and only, Marcus Rashford MBE joined the Zoom call too! It was a dream come true and I could not believe Marcus Rashford had heard all about me, little Ben Dickinson in Northern Ireland.

Following Sky Sports News media interviews came flooding in with BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sport NI along with Belfast Live, News Letter and local newspapers requesting interviews and covering the campaign.

Then came the conclusion of the campaign. The final mile, ran at Inver Park, home of Larne FC with the first team. This was an incredible gesture from Ben’s local team and the support from the club was amazing and something we really appreciate. 

What started out as a bit of fun for me to keep myself fit whilst trying to be more like Marcus Rashford resulted in an amazing £7,200 being raised for the Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. I never thought in my wildest dreams I could raise that amount of money or the support I received from everyone could be so great.

I am incredibly proud of my last achievement, but I am inspired by Marcus Rashford, and encouraged by my family and friends, to keep going and have an even bigger impact on the lives of people in Northern Ireland and the UK.

That’s exactly what I’m going to do with Ben’s Miles for Meals! Watch this space…