An account manager from natural home and garden care solutions supplier SBM Life Sciences recently took up the challenge of running the Hackney Half Marathon with his family to raise money for Greenfingers Charity.
The team included SBM National Account Manager, Peter Clowes and his family members, sons Sam and Harry, as well as future son-law Sam Beath. The family lined up with over 20,000 other runners in Hackney on May 20 after putting themselves through a tough training regime for the past few months. The age range of the team varied from 17 years old to 60 years young, all determined to complete the course and make a difference.
The family started the race together and managed to all finish within an impressive three hours. This was their first marathon together as family and they hope to raise in excess of £700 which will go towards building inspirational gardens, supporting life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices around the UK. Their Just Giving page is open until the 14th June and you can sponsor them at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hackneyhalfers2018
Peter Clowes of SBM Life Sciences said: “Completing the Virgin Hackney Half Marathon was an idea conceived last November. Despite various training injuries picked up along the way, we made it to the start and from that point we knew we had to finish! It is great that Greenfingers is SBM’s nominated charity and we are delighted to have raised money for such a fantastic cause. Thanks to everyone who supported us”
Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Greenfingers Charity said: “We know these challenge events take time to prepare for and are rarely as easy as they may sound when first registering, so thank you to Peter and his family for the time and commitment and the brilliant sum they have raised. I was particularly touched that his family wanted to raise money and awareness for other families and the children we support. We really do appreciate the effort and continued generosity.”
Greenfingers Charity creates and builds therapeutic gardens in the grounds of children’s hospices. It is supported by many businesses in the gardening industry who raise funds throughout the year and especially on Garden Re-Leaf Day each spring when manufacturers and retailers hold events that benefit the charity.
So far, Greenfingers Charity has built and opened 54 magical and accessible spaces that have provided stimulation, succour and serenity to thousands of patients, their families and staff that have struggled with the management of life-limiting conditions.