Chai runners take part in Virgin Money London Marathon raising more than £30,000

A group of six runners formed ‘Team Chai’ in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October. The event has raised more than £30,000 so far for Chai.

Lucy Ross, who took part in the 26.2 mile challenge with father Robin Silvester, has so far raised an awesome £11,983, far exceeding her initial target of £3,000. Lucy completed the marathon in 4hours and 51minutes. Prior to the marathon she said: “In November 2018, rather out of the blue – my rock, my life, my best friend, my Mummy was diagnosed with Bowel cancer. It’s been a really long journey which is still ongoing- she’s doing extremely well but will continue to have Chemo for maintenance. Chai have helped me so much, they were there at my front door when I needed it most and I continue to go to the centre for counselling.”

Following the marathon, Lucy said: “Chai have helped me so much to support my emotions and be the best daughter, wife and mother. I have been donating a percentage of my fundraising initiative, now turned full time business to Chai and I can proudly say I have raised nearly £11,000 which shows you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.”

Emma Benjamin completed the challenge in 6 hours and 1 minute and has so far raised an inspiring £5,000. Emma said: “I always said I would run the London Marathon when I turned 40 after running 9 years ago for the first time! My 40th crept up far too quickly! I felt very proud to wear my Chai Cancer Care vest and to raise over £5,000 for the most incredible charity who make such a difference to so many people!! I said never again but have already entered the ballot for next year so we will see…”

Jack Schapira completed the marathon in 3 hours and 51 minutes and has raised £3,243 so far. He said: “Chai was the only natural choice for me to run my first London Marathon with. After the life changing support it provided my family in the past and the incredible continuous support it provides to our community. I reached out to Chai over two years ago when I first started running, which was initially just to pass my fitness test for military training, but the euphoria felt stuck with me and I challenged myself to eventually reach this milestone. Many obstacles got in the way over the last two years but my persistence to complete this event with Chai remained, and now, well – mission accomplished!”

Debra Peters, who also ran for Chai, completed the marathon in 5 hours and 28 minutes. Debra has raised over £1,830 so far. Debra said: “Both my uncle and a very close friend as well as their families are currently using Chai to support them through their current cancer diagnosis. My mum volunteers by transporting people to/from treatment. Cancer, unfortunately is a diagnosis we all will face – ourselves or through loved ones, and all funds raised provide these families with the support they need. Chai’s premises are absolutely beautiful; a welcome place with wonderful facilities. I am so happy I managed to face my biggest physical challenge, to help people with theirs.”

Michal Chody completed the route in 5 hours and 41 minutes and has raised a fantastic £1,873 so far. She said: “I’ve gone all out…a marathon! I have put in over 70 ours of training and covered almost 400 miles. Chai Cancer Care guide and navigate hundreds of people and their families throughout their personal ‘marathon’ of a cancer diagnosis.”

Louise Hager, Chai’s Chairman, said: “What ‘Team Chai’ have achieved is awe-inspiring! I’d like to congratulate and thank all our runners for their commitment and dedication over the many months of training and through all their efforts, Chai can continue to be there for all those who turn to us. The Community continue to ‘run by our side”!