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By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 21 2018 03:43PM

Physiotherapist to swim, cycle to London and then run London Marathon in incredible non-stop fundraising challenge!

RUNNING the London Marathon is no easy feat – but one local man is going to attempt it - having swam two miles and then hopped on his bike to cycle overnight the 100-plus miles from Warwickshire to the Grenwich startline first.

Jonathan Davis, who runs Shires Physio in Warwick and Leamington, will be taking on the more than a marathon challenge this April to raise funds for Heart of England Mencap, supporting people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The 37-year-old from Kenilworth is no stranger to big physical feats.

He has completed 3 marathons before, as well as 3 Ironman challenges covering 140 miles in water, on wheels and on foot.

But he has never attempted it overnight – until now.

On Saturday April 21st Jonathan will jump into a local pool to swim 2 miles. He will then get on his bike to cycle through the night, covering 112 miles to get to London. With no time for sleep, he’ll then line-up to take on the London Marathon, looking to complete the last 26.2 miles in an incredible fundraising challenge.

“It might sound a little bit mad but in my job as a physio I meet so many really inspiring people, people really overcoming adversity and doing incredible things,” Jonathan said.

“This doesn’t even compare to what I have seen many of them go through – and that’s why I want to do it, to show how you can set yourself a challenge, overcome difficulty and achieve it.

“Fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a charity which supports so many local people with learning disabilities, supporting them as they overcome adversity and focus on their abilities – is the perfect fit.”

Jonathan is hoping to raise way over the minimum £1,500 London Marathon requirement – looking for support from local businesses as well as individual pledges.

“What Jonathan is attempting is absolutely incredible and we are so grateful for his support,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“He will be really inspirational to the people we support, people facing challenges every day. We’re going to use the money raised to inspire activity and sport in our customers – through adaptive sport sessions and to further our adaptive cycling programme too. Such an amazing challenge really deserves some amazing support so we’re urging everyone to get behind Jonathan and donate whatever they can knowing it will go directly to some of the most disadvantaged local people in their community.”

To sponsor Jonathan visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonDavis

Businesses interested in supporting or sponsoring his challenge can contact Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, on 01789 298709.

Photo: In training – Jonathan Davis in the gym with Heart of England Mencap’s Fundraising Manager Cath Errington.

By Heart of England Mencap, Apr 28 2017 08:55AM

OUTDOOR sensory equipment can now be enjoyed by local people with learning disabilities at the Fordsfield Centre in Leamington – and it’s all thanks to the marathon fundraising efforts of one man.

It’s now been a year since Will Carr, an ex-army captain, successfully completed the London Marathon, raising £2,800 for Heart of England Mencap.

The 31-year-old is now a Trainee Solicitor with Wright Hassall, based in Leamington.

He was invited to the Fordsfield Centre – a day service for people with complex needs run by Heart of England Mencap – to see exactly the difference his gruelling 26 mile feat has made.

Will’s fundraising – which was given a big boost by Wright Hassall, donating £500 in support – has paid for a range of sensory equipment to be installed in the garden area, along with a sunshade.

“It is wonderful to see exactly where the money I fundraised has gone and I hope it brings a lot of enjoyment to everyone this summer. It was a pleasure to raise money for Heart of England Mencap, a great local charity,” Will said.

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for HofE Mencap, said: “We owe a huge thanks to Will, to Wright Hassall and to everyone else who donated sponsorship. This equipment will make a big difference to a lot of people for a long time to come. Fundraising like this – no matter how big or small – enables us to provide equipment and activities to really enrich our the lives of our customers. It means so much.”

“Supporting our local community is a key part of our business philosophy,” explains Wright Hassall Partner and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Alex Robinson, “so we were delighted to support Will in raising funds for a such a fantastic charity.

“We set up the Wright Hassall Charitable Trust to support local charities and community projects and it is great to see how our employees are helping to make a real difference to people and projects across the region.”

To find out how you can fundraise for Heart of England Mencap, call Cath on 01789 298709.

Photo: Marathon thanks – fundraiser Will Carr takes a look at the new outdoor sensory equipment with Mencap customer Mel Heydon and Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for the charity.

By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 11 2016 10:02AM

IT’S almost time for ex-army captain Will Carr to take on the London Marathon to raise money for Heart of England Mencap!

He’s hoping to raise more than £1,500 for our charity, a cause close to his heart, with Will’s girlfriend’s sister supported by us.

Will, who served two tours in Afghanistan, is now a Trainee Solicitor for Wright Hassall.

And thanks to his employer, he’s already well on the way to raising the £1,500 needed to take part. Wright Hassall has pledged a third of the money, donating £500 to Will’s fundraising appeal – but he still needs support!

Ready to run – Will Carr gets into his marathon stride, cheered on by Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap.

“I’m hugely grateful to Wright Hassall and to everyone else who has sponsored me already,” Will said.

“This will be the first time I’ve taken on a full marathon and it’s certainly going to be a challenge, but I’m confident the amazing atmosphere in London on the day – and the fact I’m raising money for a charity I know first-hand does truly amazing things, will keep me going for the 26 miles.”

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for HofE Mencap, added: “We really want to thank Will for his support. A sum like £1,500 really does make a big difference to a charity like ours and it will directly benefit our customers, going towards equipment and activities that help people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.”

Wright Hassall Partner and Head of Corporate, Robert Lee, said: “The Wright Hassall Charitable Trust is delighted to be supporting Will in this challenge. 2016 is the firm’s 170th anniversary year and we are really proud that we have the opportunity to support Heart of England Mencap, a charity which supports families across Warwickshire.”

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday April 24th.

To sponsor Will please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WillCarr


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