At the age of 54 I have decided to run my first and last 10k as a way of raising money for Emunah. I only started running a couple of years ago and it still hurts - I’m pretty sure I am not a natural in any sense of the word and certainly won’t be breaking any records when I take part in the Grand East Anglia Run on May 1 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. I may win slowest person in the race and will keep you posted!

We have visited the Emunah centre in Afula and seen for ourselves the amazing things that happen there and we have met some wonderful people along the way, including a former student there who is now a dear friend. The need for the work undertaken by Emunah is needed more than ever and I wanted to do something a little extra to help raise funds.

I am also a trustee of a charity in King’s Lynn, the West Norfolk Deaf Association, which is vital to hundreds of D/deaf people in our community so will be splitting the money I raise with my run between these two charities as I could never choose between them.

I work as a freelance journalist/PR/comms consultant here in the wilds of Norfolk and I’m a member of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Cambridge. We also have our own small community here in the Fens and we meet regularly for Shabbat meals and services, which are always fun and full of chatter.

Alison Cohen