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Ilford Care Home Manager Runs Half Marathon to Raise More than £370 for Older People’s Charity

Nicolas the home manager for Sanctuary Care’s Chadwell House Residential Care Home home in Chadwell Heath ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday (3 April 2022) to raise vital funds for Independent Age, a national older people’s charity.

Nicolas was part of a group of six runners that raised more than £1600 for the charity, with Nicolas contributing £370 to the total, beating his original target of £300. He completed the run in.

Nicolas, who has been fundraising for numerous charities since 2011 through walks and runs, explains his reasons for supporting Independent Age:

“I have met hundreds of older people through my work in the care home sector, which is why I am so passionate about issues that impact on older people.

“I am committed to raising funds for charities that effectively support those in later life. That’s why I chose to run for Independent Age.”

Nicolas’ passion for helping older people can be seen both in his professional and personal life. In 2017, he was named National Inspiring Leader at the National Dementia Care awards and he is studying towards a Masters degree in dementia.
Nicolas’ progression through the care home sector is inspiring. After moving to the UK from Mauritius, he entered the care home sector as cleaner in 2006. From there he has worked his way to managing an entire care home.

Stuart Rogers, Acting Chief Executive of Independent Age, said: “Thank you to Nicolas for choosing to support Independent Age at the London Half Marathon. We admire his commitment to supporting those in later life, both through his work, educational pursuits and fundraising activities.

“At Independent Age, our mission is to ensure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose. We couldn’t do this without volunteers and fundraisers like Nicolas. Thank you.”

Independent Age is a national charity that provides a strong campaigning voice, and free and impartial advice on the issues that matter to people over 65 and their families: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

The charity also has a local Community Services team based in Essex focussed on connecting people aged 65+ with other people with similar interests and experiences, including locally-based friendship volunteers; activities in their own communities and other local services that can be of help.