Jean’s husband Dave is hoping to raise funds for Aquinoe by attempting his very own brainchild — a stroll-athon.”
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He plans later this month to walk round the Tonbridge Recreation ground about 10 times in all for a total of 21.1 km — the half-marathon distance.
Dave, now 75, says: “I’ve run various half-marathons in the past but my running days are over and in any case under the current lockdown there aren’t any events like that in which to take part.
“When I heard Aquinoe had to stay closed until January because of the pandemic, placing even more strain on the children, their parents and teachers, I tried to think of possible ways to help and came up with this one — at about three o’ clock in the morning.”
Dave will likely be accompanied by Jean for at least part of the way and plans to set off at 0800 on 20th July. He says: “It should take four to five hours and now I’ve finally had my hair cut I reckon I’ll be streamlined for the big day.”
No salary is being paid to teachers in schools such as Aquinoe and the charity has already stepped in twice to secure wages until the end of July as well as helping families of those children who would normally be sponsored during term time.