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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jenson leaps home on last lap for NHS

On Sunday 2nd May, Jenson O’Neill completed his challenge of 100 laps of the community field. The challenge has taken place over 2 months, on a series of week nights and weekends, come rain or shine. A red ribbon was put out as he crossed the finish line. 

Jenson said “I feel totally overwhelmed, thank you once again for your continued support and donations and to my friends and family that came along to see me cross the line”.

His football club along with residents from the community came out to show their support and cheer him on as he crossed the finishing line.  

On what would have been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday, the football team showed their support to Jenson by doing the #CaptainTom100 6 laps of 100m challenge as part of their warm up training. 

Cllr Dakota Dibben presented Jenson with a trophy to show the appreciation as a community to him for completing his challenge.

Over the past few months throughout this, the community have really been showing their appreciation by giving moral support at his side throughout – by clapping and holding up the ribbon at the end. Anyone wishing to donate can do so on justgiving.com under ‘Jenson Run for the NHS’. 

Jenson’s football coach, Simon Smith, commented, “Jenson’s football team mates and coaches at Hartley De Sales U10’s were very proud of him and wanted to join in one of his last runs towards his goal, on #CaptainTom100 day the team ran 6×100 metre lengths, not only helping their mate but also building team camaraderie for the remainder of the season“.

Jenson has now raised over £1,000 for NHS charities through completing this challenge. We look forward to seeing what he will do next! 


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