Bath Half Marathon to benefit city care home’s residents

1 March 2016

John Budd with Bath Half Marathon runnersA man with Parkinson’s disease at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Greenhill House service in Bath will be among those to benefit after a team of fundraisers signed up to run the city’s half marathon for the home.

Eleven runners with a connection to the home will take on the picturesque, but punishing, route on 13 March.

Resident John Budd, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for almost twenty years, entered the Bath Half Marathon himself last year as a wheelchair user, and will be among those to benefit from this year’s fundraising.

‘For the stimulation it gives me, the home is everything to me,’ said Mr Budd, who is 60 years old.

‘Taking part in the marathon last year was the best day of my life.

‘The moments where I look into my wife’s eyes and see love not pity in her are what I pray for.’

Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of people in the UK and around the world to live the lives they choose.

‘We have a couple of experienced runners signed up, but I have never attempted a marathon of any kind before and many of us are completely new to it,’ said Lindsey Swarbrick, who manages Greenhill House.

The team are hoping to raise at least £2,000, which will go some way towards funding a much-needed new accessible kitchen.

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