Conservative Chairman runs the marathon for charity

Newly elected Chairman of Greenwich Conservative Federation Malcolm Reid has decided to run the London Marathon next weekend.  Malcolm has been in training for the past few months, going out for runs on dark winter nights and early weekend mornings and cutting back on all the things he enjoys.

Malcolm has chosen to raise money for three charities and would be grateful to anyone who can take the time to donate.  Malcolm’s comments on his reasons fro choosing each charity are shown below:- 

“Alzheimer’s Society My grandfather suffered from dementia in his latter years of life and it was truly a sad time for the whole family, my grandmother especially.  I’m sure we all know of someone who has experienced this terrible disease.  The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025.

St. Monica’s Primary School, Zanzibar, Tanzania  St. Alfege Church has a close connection with this primary school in Tanzania. Currently the school has 250 children with ages ranging from nursery upwards.  At the moment they are looking for money to buy tables and chairs for the smallest nursery children who are now sitting on the floor.  They also badly need a photocopier.  In time they would like to be able to cement the playground and assembly areas for volley ball and netball.  Any donations would go a long way to help them achieve their goals as a little goes a long way out there.

St Alfege Restoration Appeal If you have been in Greenwich recently I hope you will have noticed the splendour of the refurbished Church Tower.  St. Alfege is one of Hawksmoor’s great 6 churches.  Saint Alfege was martyred in the site of the Church in April 1012. As we approach this millennium, a restoration appeal has been launched.  The first phase is for the lower level restoration and landscaping works, facing onto Greenwich High Road. Especially noticeable will be the restoration of the “cherubs” on the drums at ground level. They are looking very sad indeed at the moment. It would be ideal to have these works completed in time for the St Alfege Millennium in April 2012. The second phase is for higher level cleaning and restoration of the East Portico. The East Portico is a crucial feature in the Greenwich streetscape, and acknowledged as a highpoint of Hawksmoor’s work.”
 
Malcolm said “I appreciate that over the course of a year individuals are approached by a number of people and various causes looking for assistance.  I do hope though that you are able to help me to help the good causes above as I run round the marathon route on the 17th April. My number is 10118 and I intend to run in my old running club colours from Ayr Seaforth from some 20 odd years ago.”   

The link to Malcolm’s online giving page is: www.virginmoneygiving.com/MalcolmReid