Great charitable day for the northern runners


Finishers in Sunday's Great Manchester Run included a Wilmslow man who hates running but loves Camp Simcha, supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Rob Galkoff, 38, completed the 10k course in a personal best 54 minutes 34 seconds, raising £2,500 for the charity.

He was inspired by the help Camp Simcha had given to the six-year-old grandson of a close family friend. The boy had been diagnosed with leukaemia, "and has been going through the traumas of chemotherapy for the last year.

"The boy in question is called Adam and is aged six. I also have a little boy called Adam who is aged six. The similarities struck a chord and I felt I had to do something."

Manchester Reform congregant Rosemary Taylor hopes to raise £3,000 for the Medical Foundation, helping torture victims, from her participation. The retired midwife had never run until she was 55. In the 10 years since, she has raised more than £20,000 for a range of charities including Jewish Women's Aid.

"This year we had our names printed on our fronts, so many of the crowd shouted: 'Well done Rosemary. Keep it up.'"

Lucy Barnett, Debra Dennison, Ian Lachs and Jeremy Libbert were among those running for Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services.

"I wanted to run for the community," Ms Barnett said. "I think it has been harder for people to give money this year but what we've raised could pay for a family to benefit from a Fed project for a year."

PhD student Michael Kay raised nearly £800 for the world aid charity, Tzedek, running with three other Jewish students who travelled from Leeds University. Among them was Katie Newman, who brought in £425. The money will support education for Indian children with HIV.

"I'm pleased to be reaching out to the poorest communities in the world through Jewish values," Mr Kay said.

Cheadle GP Rachel Stone earned more than £800 for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Her son Rafi contracted meningitis and she pointed out: "This is a horrible disease that can strike at any time and has taken so many young lives. I am so lucky that my son survived meningitis, but other families are not so lucky."

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