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Wheelchair marathon raises funds for charity

Jim Harrald2008: A disabled man from Mulbarton near Norwich has raised £1,000 for two charities in a wheelchair half-marathon. Simon Davies reports.

Jim Harrald is wheelchair-bound and a resident at the Grove Cheshire home near Mulbarton, but that did not prevent him from devising a way to raise some money for orphans in Mozambique after hearing of their plight at his local church.
Ellie Hawke, who works at an orphanage run by Iris Ministries, shared the needs of their work at a Sunday service at Mulbarton Church.

“I was shocked when I saw the photos of those kids in Mozambique,” Jim said, “The kids don't have anything.”
Determined to do something to help, Jim organised a team of “pushers” and contacted the UEA who agreed to let him use their running track free of charge. Ten valiant friends, both from the church and staff at the Grove, took turns to push Jim in his wheelchair around the track, completing a total of fifty laps which equates to the distance of a half marathon.
The money raised through sponsorship came to £1000 and Jim decided to split the proceeds equally between Iris ministries and the Cheshire home.
Ellie Hawke, who, with her husband Alex, works with a group of 14-16 year olds in a children’s home in Zimpeto, Mozambique, received the cheque from Jim. Ellie said, “£500 will go a very long way in Mozambique and will help to provide clothing and sandals for the teenage boys we work with, as well as contributing towards Christmas treats and celebrations for the other children at the centre. We are so grateful to Jim and his team for putting their compassion and care into action in order to bless the orphaned and abandoned children of Mozambique.”
Jim Williams, Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator at the Grove said, “The home relies on donations to maintain the home and provide facilities for the residents. Part of Jim's donation will purchase a shuffleboard game (like bowls) which is great for people with impaired mobility and will promote both social interaction as well as providing valuable exercise.”
Jim is already thinking about his next project. “I'd like to go out to Mozambique and see the kids. I know some people think just because you're in a wheelchair you can't do anything but we are looking into costs accommodation and care, so if I can go I will. I want to make the next wheelchair push a full marathon!”

Click here to read more about Iris Ministries' work in Mozambique

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