Father and Son duo go Coast to Coast for Jewish Care

27 Jul 2017

Father and son duo, Joel and 15-year-old JFS pupil Boaz who live in Hampstead Garden Suburb, took to the saddle on a 145 mile cross country Coast to Coast cycle in aid of Jewish Care and have now raised over £4000 for the charity.

Joel, who currently has time off work over the summer, suggested the ride to his son primarily to spend some quality time with him. They then decided that whilst taking on this challenge they could try and raise some money for “their charity of choice” – Jewish Care.

They have a strong personal connection to the organisation as Joel’s father Jeffrey was instrumental in the formation of Jewish Care and became the first Chair of Jewish Care, having previously Chaired the Jewish Welfare Board.

Joel commented; “As a family, we have a long-standing connection to Jewish Care. Jewish Care does fantastic work across a wide range of areas and I regard it as a highly professional organisation that does what it does very well and efficiently.”

Although Joel cycles to work regularly, the challenge required both father and son embark on a training regime to prepare for the hilly course and long days on the bike. They began their route in Whitehaven on the West Coast where tradition dictates they dip their back tyre in the Irish Sea, then cycled through the increasingly steep hills of the Lake District, the North Pennines, and then through County Durham arriving in Sunderland which was home to Boaz’s grandparents and visited their team’s football grounds at the Stadium of Light on the route.  

After completing the ride, Joel said, “We had three fantastic days, cycling 145 miles through beautiful countryside. We reached the highest point on the UK cycling network at 2,000 feet, climbing a few hills along the way so in total, we climbed more than 12,300 feet over the three days. Despite some very grey skies, the weather was kind to us and it only rained heavily once, at the end of day one.

“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far we and Jewish Care would very much appreciate everyone’s support.”

Jewish Care’s Assistant Director of Fundraising, Esther Gilham said, “Jewish Care is incredibly grateful to Joel and Boaz for cycling the 145 miles on the Coast to Coast challenge together.  Their close connection to Jewish Care has inspired them to raise over £4,000, much needed funds which will support our work with older people in the community who rely on Jewish Care for support to live meaningful lives. I’d like to congratulate them both on their impressive achievement.” 

You can still sponsor Joel and Boaz at www.justgiving.com/Joel-Greenwood. If you would like to know more about taking on a challenge and raising funds for Jewish Care please contact egillham@jcare.org or 020 8922 2803.