The London Marathon is a great opportunity not only to take on a personal challenge, but to help out your favourite charity by raising vital funds.
So we’re very pleased to tell you about an amazing group of people who have done just that: they’ve chosen Jewish Care as the charity they would like to support while running the Marathon.
We caught up with our ‘fantastic four’ to find out what motivates them to take on the challenge.
“I have been running for just over four years and this will be my second marathon. My wife’s grandmother, Rose Henry is a resident in Jewish Care’s Clore Manor care home in Hendon.
Running the Marathon is a fantastic opportunity to give something back. I want to show my family’s gratitude to the Jewish Care and its staff for their dedication and care to our family member.”
“I have been running for 4 years.. I started just before I turned the ripe old age of 40! After 22 years of not running (I was School captain of the Cross Country team until the age of 18) I signed up for the London Marathon, wanting to tick a major challenge off my ‘to-do’ list.
Shortly before I ran London in 2010 my sister in-law was diagnosed with aggressive Breast cancer and subsequently discovered that she had inherited the BRCA 2 gene (common in Ashkenazy Jews). Alas my wife also carries this genetic mutation which means that she has an over 80% chance of contracting breast cancer and has taken the brave decision to go through screening twice yearly over surgical prevention. In my view any course of action is brave! The additional worry is that this could also have passed to my daughters. My hope is that with medical advances, should they have to face this in the future, that they have many more options at their disposal.
The threat of cancer has cast a shadow over my family and whilst I have raised many thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer charities I felt that I should support the most respected of Jewish organisations. Jewish Care more than fills these shoes with their tireless and generous work.”
“Running the marathon has been a long standing ambition. I had always said that if the opportunity ever came up to enter, that I would put in the training to truly give my best. After 27 solid years of playing football this is my 2nd ever running event (last year’s Watford 10k being the first) and my first ever marathon.
Essentially my running life only started briefly a year ago in a 3 week stint between end of football season and the aforementioned 10k. Training runs for the Marathon didn’t start until November 2012.
Raising money for Jewish Care as my chosen charity was an easy decision. The historic efforts of my late Gran (Eva Weinstein) and Uncle (Stephen Weinstein), both well known characters at Jewish Care are etched into the charity’s distinguished history as selfless volunteers over the last 30 years. Each day they worked hard to enrich the lives of the elderly and less fortunate.
It is now my turn to ensure this charitable association is pushed to a third generation, giving me the opportunity to say big ‘thanks’ for providing my family with the opportunity to represent such a noble and worthwhile community cause.
I intend to run in their honour as well as that of Jewish Care and as always, give of my best. “
Jonathan Zenios – Jewish Care Treasurer:
“I ran in the Royal Parks Half marathon in October 2012 and so have been running pretty consistently for about 9 months. I have run on and off for many years and I first attempted the London Marathon back in 1999 but had a bit of a disaster at the 21 mile mark so I am hoping to do better this time! But it has taken me nearly 15 years to try again: although I always felt I had to.
The training has been tough and time-consuming but my wife Tamara is also running the Marathon and while we have not actually been training very much together (we run at different paces) we have very much been training in parallel so we have decided we must be going through some joint mid-life crisis.
Jewish Care was the obvious choice of charity for me as I have been actively involved with the organisation for more than five years; I have been a donor for longer and been a trustee and treasurer for the last three and a half years.
My involvement with Jewish Care has really been driven by a belief in the importance of the British Jewish Community in my life and the fantastic contribution that Jewish Care makes to that community.
With a background in finance and the City and working among highly paid professionals I am constantly in awe of the incredible commitment and work ethic of the hundreds of staff at Jewish Care.”
Pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Please do support our runners by either visiting their personal fundraising pages, donating by TEXT or joining us by cheering them on at the Marathon this Sunday.
To visit each runner’s fundraising page, or for TEXT to donate details, visit our website and remember – we are grateful for all donations, big or small.