96 year old Ruth's 2k for 6 days challenge

27 Apr 2020

Ruth Brook walks 2k for 6 daysInspired by Captain Tom, Ruth, who lives in a flat on Haverstock Hill, has taken on a 6-day challenge to walk 2km on each of those days. Sunday 26 April was the first day of Ruth’s walk. Her fundraising page says “I’m walking 2k over 6 days, so 12km in all, to help save lives for Jewish Care because I want to contribute to this great charity.

“I am 96 and at my stage in life it’s still important to make a contribution. I know how desperately urgent it is for the care staff in residential homes to have Personal Protective Equipment to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to protect the residents and staff. Helping to prevent the spread of the virus also means fewer people will be taken to hospital and therefore decrease the pressure on the NHS. Your donation will go a long way to making a huge difference. Thank you.”

After her retirement, Ruth started and still runs a group at The University of the Third Age (U3A) called ‘Exploring Experiences of the Third Age’. Before that, Ruth worked for 30 years in the NHS as a psychotherapist in GP’s practices, at Camden Psychological Services, Department of Psychotherapy, as well as in private practise. During the World War II, Ruth spent four years in the RAF as a flight mechanic mending aeroplanes. 

Ruth has two children and two step-children, and is a grandma and great-grandma, with another great-grandchild on the way.

Ruth’s daughter, Sue says, “We’re really proud that Mum is raising money for care homes and vital PPE. Our Mum is pretty amazing. Her career has been so impressive, and the fact that she set up and leads the U3A group in which a group of older people come together once a week and share the challenges of ageing with each other is wonderful. She has been incredibly lucky with her health and we’re very proud of her.”

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, said, “Ruth is amazing and her energy and enthusiasm is inspiring. We thank her for supporting the magnificent work that carers are doing to look after the most vulnerable members of our community and wish her the best of luck for her challenge this week.”

Click here to donate to the 2.6 challenge and the link to Ruth Brook’s fundraising page.