James Fox walks Coast to Coast for Jewish Care

05 Oct 2020

James Fox was glad to raise almost £3000 in August, by walking Coast to Coast as he says, “From the left to the right of England”.  He undertook the 192 mile walk which is equivalent of seven marathons, for Jewish Care in memory of his grandparents.

James, who lives in Hampstead, says, “It was an incredible honour to be able to complete the walk and raise funds for Jewish Care, in the memory of my late Grandma Renee and Grandpa Ben Hassell. I love and miss them every day. They were always so much fun to be around, and unceasingly dedicated to their family and each other. While Grandma Renee was a resident, I gained a real appreciation for the unbelievable work that Jewish Care does for the community.”

His latest challenge comes two years after the 30 year-old barrister ran the Virgin London Marathon 2018 in the heat of the hottest marathon on record, raising £12,000 for Jewish Care. This time, he found himself in the midst of Storm Francis as he made his journey by foot from St. Bees on the West Coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the East Coast of the UK.

He continues, “My lowest point was definitely the day that Storm Francis hit. I had a 12 mile stretch to complete, and three miles in, I had hail blowing in my face, my map was so soggy that it was falling apart in my hands, and my phone stopped working in the wet. I had no idea how to navigate from where I was standing and the conditions were becoming so harsh that I had no choice but to turn around and walk back to the start and essentially write the day off. It just wasn't safe to walk. But I made up my six lost miles of distance elsewhere - both from taking sometimes very substantial wrong turnings, and also by elongating some of the walks to take in neighbouring villages along the way.

“But the Coast to Coast walk was an experience I'll never forget. To be able to see so much beautiful countryside, from the peaks of the Lake District, to the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, and the understated yet majestic North Yorkshire Moors, over 192 miles of walking was a real treat. The walk was physically much more challenging than I expected it to be, but luckily I made it and I feel honoured to be able to fundraise for this amazing charity.” 

Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said, “I’d like to congratulate and thank James for this incredible achievement and commitment in raising funds for Jewish Care in memory of his grandparents, Renee and Ben. Taking part in a fundraising challenge is a very special way to both honour the memory of loved ones and raise much needed funds for Jewish Care. We are hugely appreciative to James for doing this walk to show gratitude for the care that his grandma received whilst she was a resident in a Jewish Care home.”

If you would like to take on a challenge, whether it’s pounding the streets, climbing up mountains or cycling across the city, there are events for people of all ages and fitness levels to help raise money for Jewish Care.

No challenge is too big or small, taking on a 10k, half marathon, marathon or bike rides are a great way to get fitter whilst supporting your favourite charity. Jewish Care will support you all the way to the finish line with a dedicated member of the team to help you with your fundraising and training to get you ready for the challenge.