Adam’s ‘Walk for Karen’ In Memory of his mum

10 Jun 2021


Adam Shabatai decided to take on a 60 mile walk fundraising challenge for Jewish Care in memory of his Mum, Karen Rivca Shabatai, after she sadly passed away from Covid-19 in January 2021.

His 60 mile ‘Walk for Karen’ was spread over six days from 26th May to 31st May 2021 and Adam walked around his Mum’s favourite areas and parks in London during these dates in her memory. He chose to fundraise for Jewish Care because his grandma currently lives in at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House in Friern Barnet and Karen spent most days visiting her in the years before she passed away. 

“Mum was such a special person, everything she did, she did for others,” says Adam. She was a kind and selfless person, who always had time for everyone and was a shining light in our lives. My mum was so thankful for the care that Jewish Care provides for my grandma and this is why I wanted to show our thanks in memory of my mum, who we miss greatly. The donations to this worthwhile cause are greatly appreciated, in memory of this great woman who I and my Dad, Mony, are incredibly proud of.

Adam says, “My mum passed away at the age of 59, one month before her 60th birthday and the walk was a tribute to her 60th birthday. The idea was to do 60 miles of walking in total split over six days. Each mile representing a year of her life. My dad and I chose to walk in mums favourite parks in London starting off in Battersea and Clapham near where she grew up and then moving further up to north London, St James Park, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Hampstead Heath and lastly Mill Hill where we live. 

“Many friends and family joined us during these walks and the weather turned out very good in the end. It’s still a lot to process but I’m just happy we have managed to raise a lot of money for Jewish care and in particular Lady Sarah Cohen house where my grandma Rita is currently.”  

Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said, “I’d like to thank Adam for taking on this very personal fundraising challenge which is a moving way to honour the memory of his Mum, Karen, who spent so much of her time with Adam’s grandma at Lady Sarah Cohen House, as well as giving to others around her. We are hugely appreciative to Adam for raising funds to help us to support our services for older people in our care homes and in the community.”

You can support Adam’s fundraiser here: bit.ly/3uMcz4q