Runners complete Royal Parks Half Marathon for Jewish Care

10 Oct 2021

Nine runners ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon through London’s parks and past the city’s landmarks for Jewish Care on Sunday 11 October raising over £12,500 to help support older people in the community across London and the South East. The event was delayed last year due to the pandemic, so runners were delighted to finally enjoy an atmospheric day running through the city streets, with supporters cheering them on along the route.

The running team included Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye and Community Engagement Manager, Rachel Miller. Also running this year was Rob Sher, Chair of Young Jewish Care, who has volunteered for Jewish Care’s Six Sunday’s programme for many years and participated in Jewish Care’s Lay Leadership Development Programme.

Jordan Laban, Alex Klein, Daniel Coppel, Debra Breindal and Michal Provisor also made up part of the Jewish Care running team. Jordan decided to run for Jewish Care after the charity supported his Safta (grandma) when she was living with vascular dementia.

After running her first half marathon, Rachel Miller, Jewish Care’s Community Engagement Manager, said “It was the hardest thing I have done in my life but working for Jewish Care through the pandemic has been a humbling and emotional experience and I’m constantly inspired by the way older people who we support challenge themselves on a daily basis. I know the money raised will help the organisation to do its vital work. Thank you to everyone who came to watch me, sponsored me and believed in me – you kept me going.”

Rob Sher, Chair of Young Jewish Care said, “It was my first half marathon and I got even more into running through lockdown though I had originally planned to run last October. I started with 5 k and went up to 10k and then decided to sign up and it felt amazing to finish the half marathon.

“I was happy with my time and at the end I was on the biggest high. I’m really happy that I’ve been able to fundraise and give back to Jewish Care in a different way. It was great to see my fiancé and my Dad who came to support me along with the Jewish Care support team at Lancaster Gate team. It went really well and I’m hoping for a place in the marathon next year to run for Jewish Care. I’d encourage anyone to do this to get fit and raise money for a great cause.”

Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye adds, "It was an incredible feeling to finally be able to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon with the other members of the Jewish Care running team, after a year of waiting.  The atmosphere was fantastic and it was great to see our support team, family and friends cheering along the way. 

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone on the team for their dedication in taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for Jewish Care which have never been more needed to support older members of our community this year after such a difficult year. We welcome anyone who is considering taking on a challenge for Jewish Care, no matter how big or how small, you will be making a real difference.”