Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice, has honoured long-term supporter 55-year old Mike Jordan who has not only volunteered for the charity, but also organised the Roach Valley Relay Race which, to date, has raised almost £6,000.
As a keen runner, Mike first got involved with Havens Hospices in 2007 by volunteering as trainer at the charity’s monthly London Marathon training runs. His expertise and knowledge of marathon running has helped hundreds of rookies complete the iconic course over the years.
He has also run the London Marathon for the charity five times and if he is unsuccessful in the ballot he joins the ‘Running Community Marshal Group’ at mile twenty-one and is known for looking out for members of Team Havens and giving them a boost with high fives, hugs and special cheers as they run through.
In 2015, Mike decided to take on a different challenge – a Team Cross-Channel Swim with friends to raise money for the charity and to support his fundraising efforts organised a charity relay run – the Roach Valley Relay. Now in its fifth year, the Roach Valley Relay has raised nearly £6,000 and is an established event in the local running calendar. Planning for next year’s run has already begun, which will see teams of four through Rochford, Hawkwell, Canewdon and Paglesham and early bird registration opens in November for the 2020 race.
“When I first started the Roach Valley Relay, I didn’t ever expect for it to take off as much as it has. We started with 13 teams and this year we had forty teams running and they raised £2,000 for Havens Hospices. I would like to thank everyone who helps me organise and run the event every year – you’ve helped create a relaxed, friendly and fun event that just keeps getting better.
“I’d also like to thank the local running community for their support for not only the Roach Valley Relay, but also Havens Hospices. It is a great feeling to know that something that I organised because it’s what I enjoy doing is helping them continue to provide free, specialist care to families from across the region.”
The charity invited Mike to join them at their annual London Marathon Celebration Barbecue on Sunday 2019 to say a public thank you to him for his dedication as both a volunteer and fundraiser.
Judy Grocott, Events Manager at Havens Hospices said,
“We hold a variety of events and also enter several events throughout the year, which help raise vital funds for the charity, but they can only happen because of our fantastic volunteers like Mike who give up their time for a morning or a day or even a couple of days throughout the year to help. Whether you join us for a couple of hours to help at event registration or you spend the whole day with us marshalling events like the Southend Half Marathon you’ll be making a huge difference.
“Not only has Mike given up half his Sunday mornings for 12 years to help get our marathon runners get over that finish line, but he has also raised a lot of money for us.
“The Roach Valley Relay is a fantastic event and we are very proud of Mike for building it up and are honoured that he continues to raise money for us through that event. His contribution both through fundraising and volunteering means we can be there for everyone who needs us, helping to control pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults and children at the end of their lives.”
If you’ve been inspired by Mike and would like volunteer with the Havens Hospices Events Team please email Judy Grocott [email@example.com] or call 01702 220324 or email or to find out about the charity’s events and find out how you can take part, please click here [https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/events].