James Brock, Branch Manager at Michael Jones & Company estate agents in Goring-by-Sea, is cheering up the local community and raising money for St Barnabas House with his weekly solo ‘Fancy Dress Friday’ fundraising runs.
When James found out the Brighton Marathon was to be postponed, he and his triathlon club ‘Tuff Fitty’ wanted to find a way to continue fundraising and make the most of their daily exercise allowance during Government lockdown.
Over the last two weekends, residents of Goring-by-Sea, where James lives, have been delighted to see him running past their houses on a Friday morning in outfits which have so far included The Cat in the Hat and Batman.
James, aged 38, says, “Each Friday, I run between three and 10 miles, depending on the costume!
“The response from the community has been fantastic – it’s a great way to help lift spirits and put a smile on people’s faces. I’ve had people beep their horns, clap, wave and shout!
“Running really helps me to cope during these challenging times as I strongly believe any form of activity that gets the heart rate up is great for the mind, body and soul.”
With his third run planned for Friday 10 April – dressed as Peppa Pig – James has already raised an incredible £372 for St Barnabas House, smashing his original target of £100.
James says, “It feels superb to have over tripled my target already. St Barnabas House is a charity close to my heart as the hospice offered superb care to my Father in Law and also other members of my extended family.”
Claudia Pearce, Community Fundraiser at St Barnabas House, says, “We are so thankful to supporters like James who are going to extraordinary lengths to find new ways to raise money for vital care services during this difficult time.
“With our shops now closed, events postponed, and most fundraising activities ceased for the time being, we need the support of our local community more than ever. We are incredibly grateful to James, and all our supporters. Your support makes local hospice care possible – now and in the future. Thank you.”
James has this message for anyone who might like to make their daily exercise more fun and raise money for local hospice care: “It’s not too late to get involved! Grab those costumes and get running!”
To sponsor James and leave a message of support visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/James-Brock5
For the most up-to-date information about St Barnabas House and Covid-19, please visit www.stbh.org.uk/covid-19