28 year-old charity worker Mark Drain from Chelmsford took on the Simplyhealth Great Newham 10K on Sunday to raise funds for Revitalise. As Events and Community Manager for the charity Mark took on the challenge to contribute to the support fund for their much-needed centres, which provide memorable holidays for disabled people and their carers from across the UK.
Mark explains, “The support fund not only allows us to provide breaks for disabled people and their carers who may not have been ordinarily able to afford to go away, it also goes toward maintaining and updating the centres to ensure a fantastic experience for all our guests.
“We provide a unique holiday experience that includes, fully accessible facilities, excursions and entertainment volunteer support as well as 24 hour on-call nursing support.
“I have taken part in a number of running events, but I'm really enjoyed the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run at the weekend. It was a great chance to see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from a different perspective and finish inside the iconic stadium.”
Funds raised will benefit disabled people and their carers in the local area including John Saunders of Chelmsford is 55 and has MS. He has been a regular at Jubilee Lodge, Revitalise's respite holiday centre in Chigwell, since 2013.
He last visited in May this year and has also booked a break this coming December. His wife Linda organises all his care. John commented, “I love pretty much everything about my breaks with Revitalise – the food, the entertainment and especially the excursions.
“The staff and volunteers at Jubilee Lodge really go the extra mile for us guests.”
Linda added, “When John's away I get some much-needed ‘me' time.
“What's important is that I get the peace of mind of knowing John is being looked after and having a good time, which means I can relax too.”
The Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run 10km and Family Run 2km looped around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before giving runners the opportunity to run into the Stadium where Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill won Gold in 2012. This is the eighth year the event has been held, this year around 10,000 runners of all ages and abilities took part across the day.
To donate to Johns fundraising efforts please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-drain9