Stepping out for a special charity

Paul Jones, branch manager at Kent Blaxill, Melton, Suffolk who is running 180 km to raise money for

Paul Jones, branch manager at Kent Blaxill, Melton, Suffolk who is running 180 km to raise money for Help for Heroes. - Credit: Kent Blaxill

Paul Jones, branch manager at Kent Blaxill in Melton, Suffolk is running 180 km for Help for Heroes, and the mark the firm’s 180th anniversary.

Paul Jones joined as branch manager at Melton, in Autumn 2017 and decided to mark the KB anniversary by running 180 km as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity.

 New to both running and marathons, Paul said, “I wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes, challenge myself and mark the 180th anniversary of Kent Blaxill.  I joined the company last year and I’m proud to be part of such a long-established business.  

I asked our management team if they would sponsor me and they were keen to help.

“All my colleagues are really supportive and I kicked off by running a couple of well-attended events.  My first race was a hot and hilly Colchester Half Marathon in March and the Colchester Stampede 10k in May.  I was thrilled to meet the Mayor of Colchester who noticed my Kent Blaxill t-shirt, which says ‘Paul runs 180 km for Help for Heroes’.  So far, I’ve completed the Alton Water 10k and Nayland 5k.

“In June, I moved up a gear to complete my first full marathon, the Orwell Challenge, which was really tough on very hot Father’s day and a serious trials event (running cross-country, through mud, seaweed, fields and hedges.) 

“If I’m truthful it was a baptism of fire.  I’ve now completed 83.2 km’s (51.7 miles) and my next event is the Alien vs Trail Runners half marathon at 8pm August 11th through Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk. I’ll follow that with the Great East Run in Ipswich September 16th so it feels like I’m just starting to break the back of the 180 km challenge now.”

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Simon Blaxill managing director at Kent Blaxill said: “We are proud of Paul Jones for taking up such a challenge on behalf of Kent Blaxill.  180 km across our 180th year will be a considerable achievement and of course, we’re delighted to sponsor him.  Help for Heroes is a charity close to our hearts as Colchester is a barracks town and our company began in Colchester High Street in 1838.   We always want to support our local community and Help for Heroes is our annual charity for 2018.  We are equally thrilled to be marking Kent Blaxill’s 180th anniversary in 2018 and wish Paul every success - he is certainly making myself and all his Kent Blaxill colleagues very proud.”