completed the London Marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes,
here are photos of John in the Marathon
and below them a thank you letter from him.
Heacham On Line would like to say 'Well Done
am happy to state that I survived my ordeal and in a masochistic
sort of way, even enjoyed the occasion. The sun
shone, the crowds were magnificently supportive and the
whole event, truly memorable. Like thousands of
other participants I was categorized as a 'fun runner'
and at 19 miles with the dreaded wall looming, the limbs
screaming abuse at the brain's instructions it occurred
to me that 'fun runner' was not quite the ticket!
However the pain has subsided and the memory still vivid
and yes, I would do it again.
I wish to express my grateful thanks to those who
sponsored the run and helped raise in excess of £1,400
for PALMS. I have been truly touched by the generosity
A special thanks to local retailers, publicans and
public officials for displaying sponsorship forms.
Their efforts generated a significant contribution to
the fund and I am left with a deep sense that
"community is alive and kicking in Heacham".
David Morrell and
Helen Ballard established a unique Community Support Home project
in West Norfolk in the 1980's. The philosophy of the homes is to
provide a person-centred residential community setting. This
enables people who have experienced emotional and mental distress
to recover and grow as individuals to a point where they could
re-establish themselves in the wider world of work and living,
There are 44 people from aged 18 upwards in several properties in
Gayton and King's Lynn with a range of communal to independent
living facilities, with trained support staff on hand.
PALMS was registered as a charity in 1999 to supplement the work
of Community Support Homes. We make grants to residents and former
residents for those things not provided by Statutory Services such
as providing books for further education courses, holidays and day
trips. Our guiding principle is to encourage positive experiences
and improve people's self esteem.
To finance these projects we raise funds by various means
including The London Marathon, Ceilidhs, a Midsummer Ball, coffee