Debs stars for view­ers

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JOHN FISHER

DEB­O­RAH “DEBS” Ste­wart be­came a marathon TV star, telling BBC view­ers that Leeds Jewish Wel­fare Board is “fan­tas­tic”.

Sport­ing a luminous yel­low run­ning vest, the youth­ful 70-year-old was in­ter­viewed at the half­way point.

“I could not have done it with­out the sup­port of fam­ily, friends and the wel­fare board,” she said af­ter­wards. “The back up from spec­ta­tors, 12-deep in places, was just in­cred­i­ble. They shouted out ‘Come on Debs, you can do it’. They even wrote mes­sages on huge boards as I passed them, which gave me such en­cour­age­ment. It was like hav­ing thou­sands of your friends there.”

Also run­ning for LJWB were Philip My­ers, broth­ers Mar­cus and Jamie Lee, Paul Ber­win, Danny Rosen­berg, Mon­ica An­gel, Elissa Yurowitz, Ilan Sher­man and Lloyd Rakusen.

Mr Rakusen, who cel­e­brates his 70th birthday this year, has com­pleted 15 marathons for the wel­fare board.

The team is on course to com­fort­ably ex­ceed its £20,000 tar­get.

Deb­o­rah Ste­wart be­ing in­ter­viewed for the BBC cov­er­age

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