Making #WhatIf a reality with Archie Valentine
Our inaugural ‘making #WhatIf a reality’ series is back and we’re chatting to Archie Valentine who’s currently fundraising for Key4Life.  This October,  Archie will be taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in support of the Jack Winter Leg Up fund. The Jack Winter Leg Up Fund has been set up in association with Key4Life in memory of Jack who tragically died of Cancer in January earlier this year. The fund will specifically support The Food Cell, Key4Life’s burger van venture that is run and managed by young men from our programmes.


Archie, can you firstly tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a huge Liverpool fan. I love my dog, coffee, and my friends. I’m 6 foot 7 if that means anything to anyone these days!


Why did you choose to support Key4Life through The Jack Winter Leg Up Fund?

Because I love the Winter family and Jack’s death has been a huge tragedy. I wanted to make a difference for a cause I know he would have loved.


For many of our young men on the programme, they have and will continue to come up against hurdles as they change their life for the better. Training for a half marathon must be tough, what’s keeping you on track and motivated?

To prove everyone who knows me wrong, I’m not a natural athlete as I will be the first to say! Also I hope to make Michael, Lolly and Sam proud and Jack to laugh!


Music plays a big role in encouraging emotional and  behavioural change within our young men, can you tell us what will be your motivational soundtrack for your half marathon and why?

I’m really into my Hip-hop at the moment especially J.Cole whose music represents struggle for a lot of people. Also one of Jack’s best friends called Ben is making music which is good to run to. Follow BTXANTA on all music platforms - I thoroughly recommend!



We wish Archie the very best of luck in completing his half marathon in October and thank him for his support. If you’d like to donate to his fundraising page, please visit here: