Hifsa O’Kelly of our employment and immigration team will be joining the ranks of HCR’s elite athletes later in the year by taking part in this year’s London Marathon.
Hifsa is running the race in support of the charity United Response. United Response is committed to making life better for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs. They support adults and young people with disabilities to live the life they choose in a number of different ways – including helping with day-to-day living, finding a house or a job, education, and taking part in activities in the local community.
As part of her fundraising activities, Hifsa recently held an afternoon tea in her local village hall. Various friends kindly donated their time and their baking skills for the afternoon as well 20% of any sales they made of their own goods and products. The “Tea and Cake” fundraiser raised an additional £250 bringing the total raised so far to a massive £3,535, smashing Hifsa’s original target of £1,500.
Hifsa was originally due to run the London Marathon in April 2020, but the arrival of the Covid pandemic meant that the event was postponed until October 2020, with only elite athletes allowed to participate “in person”.
Keen not to let all her training go to waste, Hifsa, along with runners up and down the country, ran the race virtually from home but said “there’s no other marathon that can compete with London for the amazing atmosphere and home support. As strange as it sounds, I’m actually looking forward to it.”
If you would like to support Hifsa, please go to her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hokelly
Good luck, Hifsa; we will all be cheering you on, on the day!