Monday, 3rd February, 2014
With a few short weeks to go the Golden-Oldies Charity was delighted last week when the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police Mr Nick Gargan joined its running ranks for the 2014 Bath Half Marathon.
Goldies as it has become fondly known was started in Bath six short year ago by music man Grenville Jones. The daytime singing and activity sessions are attended by elderly people who live in isolation as well as those with learning difficulties and dementia.
From the original four sessions in 2008 the work of this small charity has grown to the point where it now runs over 70 sessions across the South West of England as well as 15 in South Wales. It has plans that by the end of 2014 the total will be over 100 with new sessions planned across the South West and South Wales.
Sir Cliff Richard is Patron of Goldies.
Grenville Jones said;
“We were delighted when Mr Gargan contacted us to ask if he could join our team.
“He had tweeted his disappointment at not having a runners place for this years Bath Half and we immediately contacted him.
“We have entered teams for the Bath Half for the last three years and this year over 50 runners will be raising money which will all go towards starting new sessions across the area and putting smiles on the faces of more lonely people in the months ahead.”
Nick Gargan is an experienced runner. He has taken part in the London Marathon on three previous occasions and will be competing again in April of this year for the Charity crimestoppers. He has also completed the Helsinki Marathon as well as the Great North Run. This will be his first Bath Half Marathon.
He said “I can’t pretend that I knew about Golden-Oldies when I was first offered a place in the race by them.
Since then I have learned a great deal and I have been so impressed with everything about the charity. Born from such a simple idea it has grown dramatically and I hope that the efforts of our team of 50 will provide much needed cash to enable the charity to continue to grow and its valuable services to keep going from strength to strength”.
Contact Grenville 0777 828 2934
Anita Smith MBA
PA to the Chief Constable
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