In August, Steve Radjen started his fundraising challenge to run 60 marathons at the age of 60 for Naomi House & Jacksplace. So far, he’s raised nearly £200,000, with £22,000 of that huge figure being donated from his Justgiving page.
The challenge has not been easy. Steve originally planned to complete the 60 marathons in 60 consecutive days, but had to adapt his plans when faced with agonising pain as well as deteriorating mental and physical health. Faced with failure, he listened to his body, took rest and recovered.
Remarkably, Steve found a way back to his challenge, determined to complete the 60 marathons and to raise as much as possible for Naomi House & Jacksplace. On 5th November, Steve and his wife Gerry hosted a Bridgerton themed ball at Pylewell Park in Lymington to help galvanise his fundraising efforts.
During the course of the evening, Sophie Byrne - whose son Reuben used our hospices - shared her family’s story and how they were determined to give Reuben the best life they possibly could.
Hearing Sophie share her story was deeply moving. Sophie captured the hearts of everyone in the room. In no small part because of Sophie, we were able to raise a fantastic amount for Naomi House & Jacksplace. I always have great expectations, but in the current economic climate I just wasn’t sure what to expect. The generosity of all who have supported my challenge is phenomenal.
Steve is continuing to run marathons, now bracing the freezing weather, high winds and dark skies. As ever, he’s putting his best foot forward and is planning to have completed his challenge by the end of January.
Steve is a true champion for Naomi House & Jacksplace. His commitment to the charity is an inspiration to everyone at the hospices. Individually, he’s managed to raise more than any other person. Over the years, this amounts to nearly £500,000. The ball was a tremendous success, in no small part due to the tremendous planning and coordination of Steve’s wife, Gerry and the team around her. It was a night to remember and the generosity of all the guests was heart-warming. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for the incredible support he provides both as a Trustee of the charity and as a fundraiser! Having a parent such as Sophie share their family story really focusses the mind in the midst of the celebration and spectacle of a beautifully managed event. I know we were all reminded by Sophie of the value of services and those who support and sustain that work.