This year, 60 enthusiastic runners participated in the Maccabi GB Fun Run, raising essential funds for Jewish Care and Jami. Participants, ranging in age from four years old, took on the 1k, 5k, and 10k courses alongside their families, all in support of these vital charities.

Among the runners were brother and sister duo, Jacob and Aimee Epstein, who fundraised for Jewish Care, a cause very dear to their hearts. Inspired by their Nana, a resident at Jewish Care’s Anita Dorfman House care home at Sandringham, seven-year-old Jacob expressed his motivation, saying, “I’m running for my Nana and others in Jewish Care homes because I want them to be happy and well cared for, and to encourage others to support too.”

Aimee, aged 11, added, “I’m doing this run for my Nana and to get fitter. I hope to inspire others to join this run in the future.”

Matthew Kayne, a cherished member of Jewish Care’s Volunteer Team, participated in the 1K event and has raised nearly £450 for the charity. He shared, “I’ve been a volunteer for Jewish Care for many years. They have supported me immensely, and I want to give back to this wonderful organisation.”

Thirteen-year-old Alfie Blass also joined the community event, fundraising for the charity close to his heart. “My mum works for Jewish Care, and I love helping out at the community centres during school holidays. Seeing how happy people are when they come to Jewish Care motivates me and my friends to raise money by running for this incredible charity,” Alfie said.

Among the other runners are the Klein family, Gayle Klein is Deputy Chair of Jewish Care. She said, “What could be better than an opportunity to come together across generations and as a community to support the many organisations which we hold close to our heart. As long-time supporters and volunteers we are delighted to take part with our family in aid of Jewish Care.”

Ellisa Estrin, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Marketing, remarked, “It was fantastic to see so many young people and their families participating in the Maccabi GB Fun Run. This community event is truly special. I congratulate our runners of all ages and thank them for supporting Jewish Care’s crucial work. Young people bring so much to our community, especially when they engage in intergenerational activities and connect with older generations.”