Trib­ute from ‘lazy friends’

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

TWO FRIENDS raised more than £3,000 from their run in mem­ory of a keen ad­ven­turer who died in a paraglid­ing ac­ci­dent in the Span­ish Pyre­nees at the age of 25.

Ben Ja­cobs, 25, and Si­mon Azoue­los, 24, were al­ready plan­ning to run the marathon when they dis­cov­ered that the fam­ily of their school­friend Guy Joseph was set­ting up a foun­da­tion in his name.

Mr Joseph had worked as a pro­fes­sional scuba-div­ing in­struc­tor in East Ti­mor and the me­mo­rial foun­da­tion will help im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies and al­le­vi­ate il­lit­er­acy in the Kaski dis­trict of Nepal, where he spent sev­eral months be­fore he died.

Half the money will go to the Gauch­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, sup­port­ing those with the dis­ease, for which one-in-12 Ashke­nazi Jews is a car­rier.

Mr Ja­cobs has a cousin with Gauch­ers and is in­volved in the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The ge­netic con­di­tion re­sults in mal­func­tion­ing spleen and liver, anaemia, bruis­ing, ten­dency to bleed, bone pain, de­gen­er­a­tion of kid­neys and lung prob­lems.

Gauch­ers can be treated but at a cost of up to £130,000 an­nu­ally per pa­tient.

Mr Ja­cobs, a me­dia buyer from north London, reached the fin­ish in four hours 26 min­utes. Mr Azoue­los took just over six hours. Mr Ja­cobs said the Joseph fam­ily had ap­pre­ci­ated their ef­forts.

“They were mainly sur­prised that two of Guy’s lazi­est friends planned to run the London Marathon,” he ex­plained.

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