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Marathon effort brings a boost for charity

A fund-raising effort by Windermere’s Caroline Kaye has netted almost £8000 for charity.

Caroline, co-owner of the Cedar Manor Hotel, ran the Great North Run last year and the London Marathon last week to raise money for Lupus UK.

After crossing the finish line in London, she joined husband Jonathan to draw the winning ticket in a raffle which had been part of her fund-raising. By chance the winner, Brian Godfrey, checked in at the hotel a couple of days later.

He won a two-night stay with dinner at the Cedar Manor, a one-month personal training plan from Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson, and a sports remedial massage from Sarah Todd. Both Helen and Sarah helped Caroline prepare to run the Marathon.

Her tally of £7760 is still growing. Her effort in the Great North Run was the highest in the country for Lupus UK, and Caroline was one of the top 5% charity fundraisers in 2014 using the Just Giving online scheme. She also sold more than 2000 raffle tickets.

“I wanted to do a marathon before my 50th birthday, and I managed it by just a couple of weeks,” said Caroline, who completed the race in just over five hours. “It was a fantastic experience and I want to do it again next year.”

She added:  “My daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 15, six years ago.  I hadn’t heard about the condition and it’s still little known.  Lupus is an incurable disease whereby the immune system attacks the body, and its organs; the skin, blood, brain, heart lungs are affected and it manifests itself in different ways.

“Natalie is a sufferer but appears normal and has a “normal” life, with what we call flare-ups, when the disease attacks her.  She has a special doctor who looks after her at St Thomas’s Hospital London. So it’s really important to me to help Lupus UK research causes and possible cures.”

Breaking the charity records at London marathon

caroline ready for london

Windermere runner Caroline Kaye looks set to be a record-breaker at the London Marathon  on Sunday.

Caroline, co-owner of the Cedar Manor Hotel, will be breaking some fund-raising targets when she runs the race, her very first marathon.

Her efforts at London and in last autumn’s Great North Run have already netted more than £6,000 for the charity Lupus UK.

Caroline raised £2,761 at the half marathon distance last year, when the sponsorship set by the charity was just £300. Her tally was the highest in the UK for Lupus UK, and she is now in the top five nationwide among all charity fundraisers using the Just Giving online scheme, heading to more than double that total.

Friends, family and hotel guests have been supporting her efforts, and buying raffle tickets; the winning ticket will be picked when Caroline crosses the finishing line on April 26.

“I wanted to do a marathon before my 50th birthday, and I’ll manage it by just a couple of weeks,” she said. “My daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 15, six years ago.  I hadn’t heard about the condition and it’s still little known.  Lupus is an incurable disease whereby the immune system attacks the body, and its organs; the skin, blood, brain, heart lungs are affected and it manifests itself in different ways.

“Natalie is a sufferer but appears normal and has a “normal” life, with what we call flare-ups, when the disease attacks her.  She has a special doctor who looks after her at St Thomas’s Hospital London. So it’s really important to me to help Lupus UK research causes and possible cures.”

Janine Hirsch, Fundraising Manager for Lupus UK said: “When Caroline ran for Lupus UK in the Great North Run, the sponsorship set was £300 so to raise nearly £3,000 is absolutely fantastic.   Caroline is now undertaking the world’s most prestigious event, the Virgin London Marathon and we wish her the very best of luck.  Lupus UK can only continue our work if people like Caroline take part in these events and raise the wonderful sponsorship that she has done.  We thank her so much Caroline for her fantastic support of our work.”

Individual runners in last year’s London Marathon set yet another record figure for charity fundraising for good causes by generating £53.2 million. The average amount raised by every London Marathon Golden Bond charity runner was £2,407. It was the eighth consecutive year that London Marathon entrants broke the Guinness World Record for the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event worldwide.

The total raised for hundreds of charitable causes since the race began in 1981 is more than £716 million.

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Windermere’s Caroline running for a good cause

A Windermere hotelier who wants to run a half marathon before she’s 50 is in training to raise money for a good cause.

Caroline Kaye, who owns the Cedar Manor Hotel with husband Jonathan, has a place in this September’s Great North Run.

Caroline, who started running only two years ago, is fund-raising for the charity Lupus UK. She’s being assisted by parents and friends of Windermere Prep School who are holding a charity coffee morning for the same cause.

Lupus is a chronic and presently-incurable illness of the immune system, a condition in which the body’s defence mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream. It causes inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs, and Caroline’s 21 year old daughter Natalie is a sufferer. “She was diagnosed when she was 15, but it had taken two years to identify from when she first showed symptoms,” said Caroline.

“That’s not unusual as the condition is very difficult to identify. We are helping the charity in their attempts to research the causes, and possible treatments, for Lupus.”

Natalie is a beauty advisor and make-up artist for Estee Lauder at Selfridges in London. Younger sister Elizabeth, 7, a pupil at Windermere Pre School, is playing her part by helping Caroline’s training efforts – she goes alongside on her bicycle when mum goes for a run. “Though she’s not too keen on the hills,” said Caroline.

She started running after joining a “boot camp” at Windermere School, run by Helen Westmorland who is now her personal trainer. “As a Londoner who fell in love with the Lakes, I loved training in this landscape. We’d run with Helen for a while, then she would stop for a stretching session, and she would say: stretch towards the fells, stretch away from the fells. You don’t get that experience in London.”

Caroline has done just two races so far, 10k trail events at Coniston and Derwentwater. After surgery for a knee problem last year, she’s back in training and confident of achieving her goal at the famous north east race. “It’s something I wanted to do before I was 50, and there’s not much time left,” she said.

The Windermere school coffee morning will be held on Friday May 9. On the following day, which is World Lupus Awareness Day, Caroline will stage an afternoon tea party in the gardens at the Cedar Manor. “Local people, and our visitors, are very generous. I know that there are many demands on people’s kindness, and I think it is important that we raise attention to a cause which is not well known.”

Caroline can be sponsored at  http://www.justgiving.com/CarolineKaye

Lupus affects mostly female patients, and symptoms may include fatigue, eye problems, mouth ulcers, joint or muscle pain, rashes, anaemia and miscarriage. It is not infectious or contagious, and can be triggered at puberty, after childbirth, during the menopause, through exposure to sunlight, after viral infections or trauma, or after prolonged courses of medication. More information from http://www.lupusuk.org.uk