More than £1700 has been raised for the Tom Clabburn Memorial Fund and CRY by members of the Munson’s Coffee Running Crew.
Panayiotis Sinnos – barista at ‘Munson’s Coffee and Eats’ in St Mary’s Road, Ealing – Vicky Pearson and her niece Lucy Gillett took part in the Ealing Eagles 10k at Gunnersbury Park on Sunday May 19th.
Ms Pearson, a family friend of Tom, who died aged 14 in 2007 from an undiagnosed heart condition, said: “If someone had said to me in January that I’d be running a 10k in May, I’d have laughed it off as madness.
“However it’s amazing what can come from a throwaway line over a cup of coffee.
“I’m new to running and there were many ‘never again’ times on the run and Gunnersbury has some sneaky hills but thinking of Tom kept me going.
“Panos and I have had so much support from family, friends and Munson’s customers and that has been wonderful and motivating.
“We are thrilled with the money raised and being able to help to fund more free heart screenings for young people in Ealing.”
Mr Sinnos added: “Vicky could barely run 1000 metres four months ago and now she’s completed the longest run she’s ever done. She’s an inspiration to all of us.”
Tom Clabburn’s mum, Claire Prosser, said, “We really appreciate the efforts of Vicky, Lucy and Panos.
“Vicky’s family and Munson’s have been a great support to me and to CRY over the past few years, helping us raise thousands of pounds.”