Reasons we run — John Joe and Bev

12 March 2015

First in a short series featuring some of the amazing people running this year's London Marathon for our charity.

John Joe Regan

John Joe Regan in Leonard Cheshire Disability running vestThe grandson of a former Head of Home at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s first care home, Le Court in Hampshire, is gearing up to run his first London Marathon.

John Joe's grandfather — also called John — was head of the first Leonard Cheshire Disability care home, at Le Court in Hampshire, from 1977 to 1987. He and was also a trustee of the foundation for several years. (He is pictured here with our founder at his retirement party.)

John Joseph Regan at his retirement party with Leonard CheshireTo both get fit and honour his granddad, 27-year-old John Joe from Pimlico is training up to four times a week with longer runs at weekends in preparation for the 26.2-mile challenge.

‘I decided to run the marathon because I felt like I was reaching a critical point in my fitness,’ says John Joe. ‘I used to be really healthy, but the last few years of work and pubs have taken its toll! I thought running the London Marathon would force me into getting fit again. I am not a running fan so this is a big challenge for me.’

‘I am raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability because of my family connection. I think it’s a fantastic cause and a good way to remember my granddad who dedicated his time to the charity for many years.’

Anyone wishing to sponsor John Joe can do so by visiting his JustGiving page.

Bev Jullien

Bev with her dog, HoneyKings Langley resident Bev is gearing up to run her first London Marathon for No.1 Lavender Fields.

The 56-year-old novice runner will put her best foot forward to fundraise for new technology that will transform lives at the residential home. Staff support disabled people aged 16 to 24 to learn the skills they need to be more independent, so they can move out into the community. The technology will give residents more independence and freedom.

Issy Bulmer knows first-hand the difference the right support and care can make to someone’s life. The 28-year-old used to live at No.1 Lavender Fields and now volunteers at the much-loved home.

‘We are absolutely delighted that Bev is running to raise funds for Lavender Fields,’ says Issy.

‘I now live in an adapted flat with my fiancé and wouldn’t have been able to do this with the help dedicated staff. They taught me how to budget, pay bills and cook healthy meals. It is a fantastic service and everyone is very happy here.’

Bev runs daily with her dog, Honey, and takes part in circuit and endurance training.

‘Disability can happen to anyone at any time and when it does it can be devastating,’ she says.

‘Lavender Fields is a cause close to my heart as it helps young people to learn valuable life skills. The assistive technology will make a direct difference to the residents at Lavender Fields.

‘I am passionate about the fact that young people should be given as much help as possible to make the most of their lives. Supporting such a worthwhile charity will really spur me on to get to the finish line.’

The dedicated first-time runner is calling on local people and businesses help reach her fundraising target of £2,500. To donate, visit her JustGiving page.

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