Running for funding – staff to take on marathon for charity

At Perrys we love to help others and support charities. Our staff regularly undertake a range of challenges to fundraise on behalf of worthy causes.

Next month, Caroline Judge from our Orpington office, and Alex Skinner from our City branch, will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon to raise funds for two separate charities.

Caroline, who is a keen runner and has already completed a number of half marathons, will be running for Versus Arthritis which has helped to support her son, Samuel. He was just two years old when he was diagnosed with Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – a condition which affects 1 in 1,000 children in the UK.

Caroline said: "You may think of arthritis as something that old people get, but it's simply not the case. We spent months not knowing what was wrong with Samuel, in and out of GP surgeries and hospitals. Nothing was working and it was so painful to watch. After a number of drug failures, and enduring the long term process of a stem cell transplant - which proved to be unsuccessful - fortunately Samuel was prescribed a new medication and has been able to lead a relatively normal life."

Meanwhile, Alex, who is an experienced accountant and consultant at our City practice in London, will be donating the proceeds from his fundraising to the Alzheimer's Society.

Alex decided to undertake the challenge of completing a marathon after hearing about Caroline's running achievements and started training in September. They both recently completed The Brett Lydd 20 Mile – an event that is popular with runners training for the Brighton and London marathons – where Alex finished with a personal best despite difficult conditions caused by wind and rain. It is the last competitive race Alex and Caroline will compete in before running the Brighton Marathon in April.

To sponsor Caroline or Alex, please visit their JustGiving pages: