Sheffield business man Ian Chester has raised more than £3,000 for leading Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord after successfully competing in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Lost Chord, the organisation that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally was allocated just one place in the event that attracts professional and amateur runners from across the globe.
And Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller decided that Ian, the Managing Director of Yorkshire Windows, was the ideal candidate to take up the challenge of competing and raising funds to ensure the programme of musical events can continue.
Ian completed the gruelling course around many of London’s most famous landmarks in four hours and 55 minutes and raised more than £3,000 – with more money still coming in!
“It was hard work but knowing that I was running for such a fantastic cause gave me all the motivation I needed to carry on to the finish line,” said Ian.
“I have had some fantastic support from the business community with fantastic donations from Clayton Glass, Smartglass, Sliders UK, Connaught Conservatory Roofs and JW Burley and Partners.
“Thanks too to all the other people who have made a contribution because every penny raised really will make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
“Dementia is a cause that should be close to all our hearts as it is one that affects so many families.
“I know what great work Lost Chord is doing and it was a true honour for me to wear their colours.”
Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller commented: “We are a South Yorkshire based charity and Yorkshire Windows is a South Yorkshire company so there was an immediate link between us.
“The fact that Ian is also such an enthusiastic and experienced endurance runner meant we knew he had what it takes to compete in this world class event and make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
“We are so proud of Ian’s remarkable achievement and delighted that he achieved so much for Lost Chord – he is a real hero!”
A keen fitness enthusiast, Ian has most recently taken part in the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in Leeds, the gruelling Barclay’s MoonTrekker nocturnal endurance event in Hong Kong and the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon.