On Sunday 26th April, the Foundation’s CEO Jonathan Freeman will be riding 26 miles on his indoor turbo trainer as part of the 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for our Staff Hardship Fund. Here are Jonathan’s thoughts on the 2.6 Challenge:
“The care sector has played a big part in my life over the last few years. First, my Mum moved in to a care home as her dementia became too much for her to cope with without professional support. Then, I was lucky enough to found and then become CEO of the CareTech Charitable Foundation which champions the care sector, care workers and those in need of care. And, now, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I have been honoured to be part of the team delivering the #SparkleForSocialCare to recognise the extraordinary efforts of care workers in looking after our most vulnerable members of the community.
In late February, I had open heart surgery to fix a congenital defect spotted by a very smart GP at the end of last year. This came after a year of looking after myself better than ever and some pretty serious bike rides. I’d been looking forward to another year of big bike rides but these have all rather been postponed – not only by the pandemic but due to my recovery.
So, putting this all together I have signed up to ride 26 miles on my turbo trainer inside to raise much needed funds for the CareTech Foundation to support their Hardship Fund for care workers and their families. We had lots of fundraisers lined up for events this year which have been sadly postponed because of the current crisis, so I hope this challenge will make up for a bit of this lost income. I may not be very quick on Sunday but I will do it!”
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