Helf­gotts’ thank you

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE SON and grand­son of Ben Helf­gott, one of “The Boys” brought to Bri­tain at the end of the Sec­ond World War, ran as a thank you to World Jewish Relief for help­ing to res­cue him. Mr Helf­gott was one the 732 or­phaned Holo­caust sur­vivors who came here un­der the aus­pices of WJR, then known as the Cen­tral Bri­tish Fund.

Mau­rice Helf­gott said his run also marked a ma­jor birthday. “What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate turn­ing 50 than to run a marathon in my home city with my son to show how ready I am for the next 50 years.

“It has been a great thing to do to­gether. We en­cour­aged each other to train and got our­selves fit in the process.”

His fin­ish­ing time was just over five hours, an hour more than son Sam. “I wasn’t the slight­est bit wor­ried about be­ing beaten,” he said. “Sam was al­ways go­ing to come first. I was only 20 per cent slower than some­one who is less than half my age. I’m happy with that.”

Sam Helf­gott, 20, said he had ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cult mo­ments dur­ing the race. “You just have to make sure you don’t give in.”

The Helf­gotts were men­tioned in Brendan Fos­ter’s farewell marathon com­men­tary for the BBC. “It was pretty spe­cial to find out that had hap­pened,” Sam Helf­gott said. “He knew my dad and our fam­ily story. For him to sign off with that is pretty cool.”

The pair raised £14,000 from a WJR to­tal of £44,000.

Lucy Bar­nett, Victoria Her­man, Joseph Davis, Camilla de Kare-Sil­ver, Lewis Nelken, Mikhael Gi­abi­cani, Jonathan Levy, Tal Gure­vich, Haim Nuriel, Gady Pi­azza, Shoshi Sil­verblatt, Gavriella Sim­son, Justin Sa­muels, Daniel Susser, Natalie Ty­de­man, Jun Wu, Spencer Si­mons, Daniel Kas­mir and Eli Kas­mir also ran for the char­ity.

Mau­rice and Sam Helf­gott

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