Sheldon, and his wife Lilian, (pictured third and second from the right) wanted to do something significant to mark Sheldon’s birthday. Still recovering from a bad injury at the beginning of the year, Sheldon set himself a challenge to run 12.5 km to raise money for Noah’s Ark. The couple’s friends starting asking Lilian “What do we buy Sheldon for his 60th birthday?” Rather than receiving a gift, Sheldon decided to ask family and friends at his upcoming birthday party to donate £1 per kilometre.

Simultaneously, Joelson Wilson LLP had organised a large surprise party a few weeks before Sheldon’s birthday. Lilian took this as an opportunity to ask Sheldon’s colleagues if they wanted to join her husband on the charity run. Lilian says “I decided to tell him before the Joelson Wilson party, so I wouldn’t shock him too much. I said “By the way, you won’t be running on your own, you will have your colleagues there too”. He started to think, “Wow, I’ve really got to do this run!”.

On Sheldon’s birthday there were eight participants from Joelson Wilson LLP running or cycling 12.5km. Lilian described the real sense of community spirit on the day, “Carpe Diem cafe, Whetstone Drycleaners, and Sofalino Restaurant, all put up red Noah’s Ark banners before the day of the run. Michael at Carpe Diem also donated proceeds from his café on the day of the run to Noah’s Ark, including proceeds from the birthday cake he made”. Sheldon’s birthday party, a few days later, also raised an impressive £1,400.

Speaking of their achievement, Lilian says “It was a lovely thing to celebrate Sheldon’s birthday by raising money for a local charity which is close to our hearts. For Sheldon, that was a brilliant way to celebrate his birthday. We’re pleased to have raised awareness about Noah’s Ark and to contribute towards the funding of a new Specialist Nurse”.

Joelson Wilson LLP will now continue to raise funds for a new Specialist Nurse, who will be a significant addition to the Noah’s Ark team. As Hayley Manley, Nurse Team Leader, explains “Noah’s Ark is committed to expanding and reaching out to more children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across North London. A new Specialist Nurse would provide both paediatric palliative care and specialist training to our growing team. This will help to develop the team before the hospice is built in 2017. Crucially, a new nurse could also provide more end-of-life care”.