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harry and jen running

Three weeks today I will running the Palestine Marathon. I’ve been training since the middle of December but nevertheless, it seems to have come round very quickly. Harry is running it too, and we’ve decided to run it together – a mother and son team running in solidarity with a nation of mothers, sons, fathers and daughters. Let’s just say that Harry has a different approach to training than me, but I’m sure it will be fine on the day. This photo is from a family holiday to Italy several years ago, when I got a headstart on Harry running across a bridge. I can’t quite believe how hairy I was then.

We are going to Palestine with the Amos Trust and a team of around 15 runners. Once again, I am raising money for women with breast cancer in Gaza where awareness and prognoses are low, where treatment is scarce or non-existent and where women deserve far better for what should be a very treatable disease. We’ve come through our own breast cancer experience as a family, and we want to help other families who are facing the same thing. You can sponsor us here – thank you!

We’re both rubbish at asking people to sponsor us and and so we’re also putting on an evening of Poems and Puns for Palestine on Friday 24 March which seems a much easier way to raise money- to host an evening of top class entertainment and ask people to buy tickets! Harry will perform his usual mix of funny, poignant, punning poems, there’s a rumour that music maestro Chris Read will be there too, and Harry promises not to cry this time. Children are welcome too.

Tickets are £8. If you’d like to buy one in advance, make a donation to our Justgiving page along with a note saying how many tickets you’d like and we’ll reserve places for you (although remember that you can’t add gift aid if you’re getting a ticket in return.)

We can probably squeeze 60 people in, so if we don’t sell them all in advance there’ll be some available on the door. It’s upstairs in the Reading Room at The Grange pub on Ealing Common, starting at 8pm

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