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Chigwell mum and daughter ‘go purple’ in 300 mile walking challenge for Jewish Care

PUBLISHED: 12:53 16 June 2020 | UPDATED: 14:16 17 June 2020

Helen and Natasha Zack 'go purple' for their 300 mile walk to support Jewish Care. Picture: Jewish Care

Helen and Natasha Zack 'go purple' for their 300 mile walk to support Jewish Care. Picture: Jewish Care

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A mother and daughter from Chigwell have set themselves a goal of walking 300 miles between them to raise money for Jewish Care in memory of their father and grandad.

Leslie Sherman, who was the treasurer of the fundraising committee for Vi & John Ruben’s House in Ilford, died in February. Picture: Jewish CareLeslie Sherman, who was the treasurer of the fundraising committee for Vi & John Ruben’s House in Ilford, died in February. Picture: Jewish Care

Natasha Zack, 23, and her mum Helen originally planned to do the challenge in April, to walk in memory of Leslie Sherman and Harold Zack – Helen’s dad and father-in-law and Natasha’s Zeida (Yiddish for grandpa) and grandad, but lockdown forced them to postpone it to June.

Both were cared for at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Clarence Avenue, Gants Hill.

Helen, who is covering 100 miles, works as a receptionist and administrator at the care home.

Communications intern Natasha is covering the other 200 miles.

The duo are also walking in honour of father in law and Grandad, Harold Zack. Picture: Jewish CareThe duo are also walking in honour of father in law and Grandad, Harold Zack. Picture: Jewish Care

Helen said: “Leslie, my dad, was one of life’s great helpers.”

Leslie went from raising money for the care home as the treasurer of the fundraising committee to relying on them for support through his diagnosis with Parkinson’s dementia.

As part of 'Go Purple' week the pair are filming themselves complete challenges along the walk. Picture: Jewish CareAs part of 'Go Purple' week the pair are filming themselves complete challenges along the walk. Picture: Jewish Care

Helen suffers from fibromyalgia which makes the walks painful but she said she’s up for the challenge.

Jewish Care has been a part of their family for a long time, with multiple generations getting support in Redbridge and Brighton.

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Natasha added: “My grandad was always full of joy, right to the end. The last time I saw and spoke to him was saying goodbye and that I’ll see him soon, the day before I left for my travels in Australia.

“He passed away the day after I landed.”

Natasha hopes their challenge will encourage people to be more active and not take their health for granted.

Both her grandfathers were active in their lives but their illnesses late in life severely affected their mobility.

She said: “Whilst you never know what will happen in the future, we do have control over what we do today.”

The pair are also taking on 30-second challenges to do on their walks and are filming them along the way wearing purple for Jewish Care’s Go Purple week, which runs until Sunday, June 21.

Jewish Care’s director of fundraising and community engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said. “I’d like to thank Helen and Natasha for taking on this challenge to walk an impressive 300 miles together in June to help raise funds and awareness for Jewish Care to support our residents at Vi & John Ruben’s House.

“They are approaching this tough challenge in such a fun way, including embracing our Go Purple week with purple wigs and accessories.

“It is a very special way and personal way to pay tribute to the memory of their grandparents and parents as well as those who work with such dedication in our care homes and for those living in the Jewish community with their families and carers who rely on our services.”

You can support Helen and Natasha’s fundraiser at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/getwalking1


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