Record amount of runners show their support for Chai raising £33,000 so far at the Maccabi GB Fun Run

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Validating Chai’s vital role in the community, a record number of 250 runners, many of whom have had personal experience of Chai’s support, enthusiastically took part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday. The event, which has raised £33,000 so far for Chai, was a huge success again this year with over 6,500 people taking part to support and raise money for their chosen charities.

 

Energetic and committed Chai participants aged from just 1 years old to 76, and their families, dusted off their running shoes to take part in the 10K, 5K and1K distances.

Team Landau, a large tight-knit group of friends and family took part in the 5K Colour Run for Lucy Landau and raised an astonishing £11,338. Prior to the challenge, they said: “Three years ago, Lucy faced and fought Hodgkins Lymphoma. Chai was overwhelmingly supportive of Lucy and her family - helping them through a terribly scary and unsettling time when they needed support most. Sadly the cancer has now come back and their world (and ours) has been turned upside down once again. Lucy’s sheer strength, tenacity and positivity gets her through each day, not to mention her beautiful kids & husband who lift her spirits when she’s feeling low...Together we want to give something back and do everything we can to ensure Chai have our support, so they can continue to offer guidance and aid that they have done so in the past for Lucy and so many others in need.”

Following the run, Fiona Sherling said: “I took part in the 5k colour run as part of Team Landau.  Supporting the amazing Lucy Landau in her fight against cancer. Chai is a wonderful organisation who has helped many sufferers and their families so much. I am proud to support this fantastic charity”

The Rabin family, together with a large group of their friends, were also amongst many of the families that took part in the 5K colour run.  Running in memory of Caroline Rabin, they have so far raised an incredible £7,667 for Chai. Michael Rabin said: “In March of 2016, Caroline, aged 42 was told she had stomach cancer. There are no words to describe that gut-wrenching feeling on hearing such devastating news. For her and her family this would be the most challenging of times moving forward. She passed away in April of this year, aged only 45. During Caroline’s three year battle, she and her family were fortunate enough to be introduced to Chai, a charity which provides support to cancer patients and their families. Their motto: ‘Cancer doesn’t care, but we do’ rings true. The care and support they provide is priceless. However as a charity they rely on fundraising to be able to continue their amazing work. Chai has done so much for Caroline and her family, however we want to ensure they can continue to do so for the many other families affected by cancer, now and in the future.”

Charlotte Morgan, Tali Blitz, Amy and Natasha Hertz and Lara Kay also took part in the 5K colour run and have so far raised an awesome £3,024 for Chai. They said: “Each of us has had a special connection to the charity and we want to acknowledge their incredible work. In particular, Charlotte’s brother, Jack (22) has received an amazing amount of support that has helped him through his cancer journey.”

Sam Frank (13) and his friend Coby Goldstein (14) were amongst this year’s 5K runners and have so far raised £682. Prior to the challenge, Sam said: “We are running for Chai as people in my family, who I am very close to have been affected by cancer. Chai is an amazing organisation.”

Chai Fun Run veterans, Summer (4) and Jack (6) Tunkel, together with their parents, Simon and Caroline ran for Chai again this year and have so far raised an amazing £650. They all took part in the 1K run with Caroline also challenging herself in the 5K colour run. Caroline, Chai’s Community and Schools Fundraising Executive, said: “We have seen first-hand how Chai’s services change the lives of those affected by a cancer diagnosis.”

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager, said: “We are in awe of the amount of support we have received this year – the community literally continue to run by our side! Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge. The money raised will help us to ensure that we can continue to provide our expertise and care to all of those who turn to us.”