Abacus is a trusted and proven manufacturer of powered baths that provide accessible bathing for disabled children and adults. It 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. The Gemini delivers assured accessible bathing for students who have Epilepsy and associated conditions and allows carers to operate safely and without risk. 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 – over £800 in total.
Young Epilepsy is the national charity tackling epilepsy with children and young people across the UK. It delivers world class diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation as well as pioneering research, specialist education, a helpline and national outreach services.
The British 10k route began near Wellington Arch and passed by many famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Out of 11,250 entrants who tackled the hot conditions Jon finished in 983th 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 Gibbs comments: “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. The race itself was great fun despite being quite challenging in the heat. Running with over 10,000 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.”