Editor’s comment: Here’s to our brave charity fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 June 2017

82 year old marathon runner Leonard Nye is to receive the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours

82 year old marathon runner Leonard Nye is to receive the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours


Few of us could run a marathon at 41, let alone at twice that age.

So it is appropriate that the Queen should recognise Leonard Nye for his charity runs.

Leonard, who lives in Romford, has raised about £100,000 for charities from his runs and only now – at the age of 82 – is he planning to give up running.

Being made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours is doubly exciting for him because he is such a fan of Her Majesty.

Leonard runs dressed head to foot in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack and is looking forward to a trip to Buckingham Palace to collect his medal some time later this year.

While he doesn’t do the fundraising for the glory, but to help those who need it, Leonard certainly deserves this moment of glory.

Well done, Leonard.

Another fundraising effort deserves praise – that of Louise Pickard, Lauren Purse, Kerry Kettleton and Nix Wilson-Kivlehan, all from Hornchurch, who screwed up their courage and jumped out of a plane in a bid to set a world record in the name of little Lucas White.

The four-year-old has muscular dystrophy and his mum’s friends have been campaigning to raise money for his charity MuscleUp for Lucas.

The brave foursome completed their jump but just missed out on setting a world record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours.

But at least they raised £4,000 and awareness of Lucas’ charity and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Saint Francis Hospice’s Star Walk fundraiser is also coming up soon.

Every other week the Recorder has focused on a different person taking part in the event to raise money for the hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

This week we met Michelle Johnson and her family – known as Kitty’s Girls – who will be taking part in memory of Michelle’s nan Kathleen.

This night-time walk is a great event for a wonderful charity, and there’s still time to enter.

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