Barchester chef won’t make a meal of London Marathon

Chef Mark and resident David

Care home head chef Mark Roberts is to be the first to run the London Marathon to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

Money raised by Mark, who works at Chacombe Park Care Home in Chacombe near Banbury, will support older people and other adults living with a disability in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Making elderly people’s lives more comfortable and happy is what we come to work for,”  Mark said.

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“I’m delighted to be able to do more to help older and disabled people by raising money for the Foundation. I’m aiming to raise around £3,000.”

Mark has been receiving moral support from Chacombe Park Care Home resident David Humphrey (pictured left with Mark) who is a former marathon runner.

“David has given me some really good training advice; some old-school and some new-school,” said Mark.

“David has been telling me to hop up and down steps, which trust me kills the legs, and to run shorter distances but at a faster pace – all good advice. David is looking forward to hearing my story after I have completed the marathon. He said if he was younger he’d be running with me!”

The 2017 London Marathon takes place on 23 April.

If anyone would like to support Mark, they can do so online here: or in person at Chacombe Park Care Home.

To find out more about Barchester’s Charitable Foundation and the people and community groups they support, you can visit their website here:

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