Family cancer history inspires Essex man to run London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability

23 February 2016

Jonathan Baker in Leonard Cheshire disability running vestPeople living with cancer will be among those to benefit following an inspiring act of charity from a 50-year-old Essex man — whose family members have battled the disease on three separate occasions. 

Jonathan Barker is looking to raise £2,000 through London Marathon fundraising for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘In the past I have run for cancer charities as it seems to affect everybody in my family at some point.

‘My mum and auntie died of it, while my brother has terminal cancer.

‘There isn’t a day that goes past when cancer is not a part of the conversation. 

‘Leonard Cheshire offers practical real time help and I couldn’t think of a more honest and well-meaning charity to run for.’

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people.

Every year, Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

IT consultant Jonathan, who is from Sheffield originally, will be among 38,000 runners taking on the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April. 

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Notes for editors

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. 

The London Marathon involves 38,000 runners and this year takes place on Sunday 24 April. The race will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio. The Highway is the best place for disabled spectators to watch the race. The marathon passes along this road twice, between mile 13 and mile 14 and then between miles 21 and 22.