Marathon Mark races past fundraising targets

A charity football match organised by care home chef Mark at Chacombe Park Care Home on 1st April has helped him raise over £3,000 for Barchester's Charitable Foundation.

The event, which was attended by over 100 local people, was the latest of Mark's fundraising efforts as he gets ready to run in the London Marathon 2017 on 23rd April.

Mark has also been out to meet some of the people who have benefitted from grants given by Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, the charity he is running the marathon to support.

He met Richard Brown, a local man living with Friedreich’s Ataxia, who received £2,000 from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation to help pay for a trike wheelchair attachment. It has made a big difference to his life and means he can more easily do the things most of us take for granted, like picking up our kids from school or volunteering in the local community.

Richard said: “Thanks so much to everyone who supported my appeal. I’d said the trike would change my life, and it has in so many ways.”

Mark Roberts said: “It’s an honour to be able to fundraise for a charity that helps people like Richard, who need extra support to increase their independence and continue doing the things that are important to them. Meeting Richard has helped spur me on as I get closer to Marathon day!

“This is the first marathon I have ever run and I’ve been training almost every day to make sure I’m ready. I’m determined to finish, even if I have to crawl across the finish line.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has sponsored me and also to the local businesses who made donations towards our charity football match day and helped make it a huge success.”

Mark Roberts , who works at Chacombe Park Care Home in Chacombe near Banbury, will be the first person ever to run in the London Marathon in support of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity that helps older people and other adults living with a disability in England, Scotland and Wales by giving charitable grants.

If anyone would like to show Mark their support by sponsoring his run, they can do so online here: or in person at Chacombe Park Care Home.

To find out more about Barchester’s Charitable Foundation and the people and community groups they support, you can visit their website here: