Abacus Healthcare goes the extra mile for charity

Bob Gibbs, Regional Sales Manager and Jon Nock, Marketing Consultant for Abacus Healthcare, have run the British 10k in London to raise funds for the Young Epilepsy charity.

The manufacturer of powered baths that provide accessible bathing for disabled children and adults supports Young Epilepsy with fundraising and is the provider of a power-assisted Gemini height adjustable platform bath at its specialist educational campus in Lingfield, Surrey.

As the designated charity for Abacus, Bob and Jon completed the British 10k race on behalf of Young Epilepsy so vital donations could be collected. In total, over £2,000 was raised by all the Young Epilepsy runners.

Bob Gibbs commented: "The idea to run the British 10k was given to Jon and I when we visited the Young Epilepsy campus following the installation of our Gemini hi-lo bath. Linda Leadbetter, OT Assistant and Moving and Handling Trainer, suggested we take up the challenge so we immediately obliged.We saw just how much the young people benefited from products like ours, so it was important to do our bit to improve their lives further.”

The national charity tackles epilepsy with children and young people across the UK and delivers world class diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation, as well as pioneering research, education, a helpline and national outreach services.

The British 10k route began near Wellington Arch in London and passed many famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Out of 11,250 entrants who tackled the hot conditions, Jon finished in 983rd place with a time of 00:51:02 and Bob completed the distance in 2,056th place with a time of 00:55:22. This was a personal best for Bob, whereas Jon missed beating his PB by 50 seconds.

Bob continued: "The race itself was great fun despite being quite challenging in the heat. Running with over 11,250 entrants and passing so many famous landmarks in central London made it very memorable. Thank you to all our fellow Young Epilepsy runners and the supporters who cheered us on along Embankment – helping us to keep going in the final stages. A fantastic experience and I am already training for the Woburn Abbey triathlon in support of Young Epilepsy.”

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