Michele goes the distance for Jewish Care

24 Apr 2019

Michele Lobl will be running her second marathon, this time to raise money for Jewish Care. Michele’s family have a long standing, close connection with the charity. When Michele’s father, Benjamin Morgenstern, was diagnosed with dementia, the Social Work and Community Support team were there for Norma, Michele's mother and the family. Benjamin stayed at the Jewish Care’s home in Hendon for respite care, and sadly passed away in 2002.

17 years later, Michele’s mum, Norma, who is 92, is a resident at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House. After initially staying at Ruben’s House for respite care she was diagnosed with rapid onset Alzheimer’s disease in December last year. Norma very recently underwent surgery to remove a tumour and has moved back to the Friern Barnet care home to receive nursing and palliative care.

Michele says, “Norma has always been a feisty, stoic and independent lady – a true Balaboosta, (Yiddish for feeding those she loves and perpetuating the Jewish Traditional household), loving her cooking, baking and voluntary work. Mummy taught us the value of supporting others.

“Now with our own family crisis it seems the least I can do to try and raise additional funding to support Norma/mummy and so many families, who like us, have Jewish Care to thank for supporting their loved ones at their most vulnerable times in their lives and ensure care and dignity at the end of their lives.”

“Last year I was a novice runner and completed the Marathon in the searing heat – this year I hope to improve on my timing but for me it’s not about the time but crossing the line!! Every pound sponsored will also mean a lot to me and will keep me moving forwards through each mile in the knowledge that families in a similar situation to ours will benefit.”

Visit Michele's fundraising page here