Longtime runner Mervyn Kinney has vowed to tackle one more 26 mile marathon challenge in support of Croft Communities (Croft), Bangor. As part of The Cedar Foundation’s (Cedar) Living Options service, Croft provides a wide range of services to adults with learning disability including Supported Living, Residential Care, Respite and Day Services. Mervyn, who turns 70 this year, is not only heading to London to complete the race but also dedicating 10% of his own money to the fundraising total.


“I have come to know Croft over the last 40 years and have seen the support they offer to people with disability so when considering which charity to raise funds for it took me all of about 30 secs to make up my mind.”


Speaking about his motivations Mervyn said:


“The residents of the Croft have disabilities challenging them to the extent that living independently would not be possible without the assistance of the Croft. The residents bring so much joy to everyone they come in to contact with and you can’t help but smile with them when in their company. The Croft staff and families are a very dedicated group who go far and beyond what many of us would be prepared to do and are crucial in forming and maintaining what is a big loving family. It is for all these reasons I had no difficulty in nominating the Croft as my charity when I run the London Marathon.”


With a touch of humour about the challenge ahead Mervyn added:


“If people wish they should be able to track my progress on the day through the London Marathon website but please have the kettle handy, it’s not going to be over in a flash!”


Claire Irwin, Head of Service at Croft, said:


“We are in awe of Mervyn’s dedication and support to Croft. We deeply appreciate the effort that will go into to completing this challenge. Mervyn is full of enthusiasm and an inspiration to us all.”



If you would like to support Mervyn’s Appeal you can find his fundraising page on the Cedar website: www.cedar-foundation.org or Scar the QR code: