Casualty Actor, Charles Dale supports Brain Tumour Research and Wales Property Triathlon
Welsh Family Business, JEHU Group (& Waterstone Homes) rally together, by hosting their 3rd triathlon in memory of Hugh Walker, their highly regarded foreman who tragically passed away from the illness in 2013.
On the Friday 25th September Charles Dale officially started the 3rd Wales Property Triathlon in aid of Brain Tumour Research. 134 individuals from Waterstone Homes and the Jehu Group together with many of their valued clients, including Newydd Housing Association, Principality Building Society, Wales & West Housing Association, Rhondda Housing Association and Hendre Group, had taken on the Wales Property Triathlon challenge of a 750m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run (Sprint Triathlon). There were individual competitors as well as teams of 3, whereby one swims, one cycles and one runs.
Many of the Jehu Group staff who did not take part were event organizers and marshalls on the day. Their aim was to raise funds for their chosen charity Brain Tumour Research, in memory of their colleague Hugh Walker, a much-liked foreman who lost his life just four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Charles Dale said of his commitment to support the charity: “I was shocked to learn the stats on brain tumours and more so that so little funds are channeled it’s way, I’m pleased to help today and I’m very impressed with the turnout in support of the Wales Property Triathlon, good luck everyone and don’t break a leg!”
Simon Jehu, Managing Director of Development at Jehu Group, said: “We’re delighted to have raised such a significant sum for Brain Tumour Research thus far, a charity dedicated to researching the prevention and treatment of over 120 types of brain tumours. We raised £9,000 last year and we are hoping to double this figure for the 2015 Tri, having set a target figure of £19,000. The charity has special significance for us, having lost Hugh Walker to the disease in September 2013. This is the third triathlon that we have hosted and we are gradually establishing it as an annual event in the Welsh construction and property industry diary. I thank all of the athletes, sponsors and organisers who are taking this challenge to their hearts.”
Hugh Adams, Head of External Affairs for Brain Tumour Research Charity said: “We are thrilled that large organisations, such as Jehu Group, continue to support our charity to help us reach our goals. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable! Brain Tumour Research is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”