Friends of a former JFS pupil “with a heart of gold” who died at the age of 33 last month are to run 10km to raise money for a hundred people to be screened for cardiac conditions in his memory.
Nick Stanley, from Chigwell, died last month after playing football at Kantor King Solomon School in Ilford. Tributes were paid to the former business development manager, including JFS headteacher Rachel Fink, who said the school was “deeply saddened by the news of Nick’s tragic passing.”
Elliot Taylor, 29, his wife Danielle, 27, Joshua Gladstein, 29, his wife Sophie, 28, and Jeremy Shaw, 33, his wife Lisa, 30, hope to raise over £5,000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young to host free cardiac screenings for a hundred people aged between 14 and 35.
To this end, the group will face the Shoreditch 10K Adidas City Run in the streets of East London this July and the Lee Valley VeloPark race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in August. The group also plan to host other fundraising activities to contribute and exceed this total to continue to raise money for this cause in Nick’s memory.
Their crowdfunding campaign launched last week has so far raised over £2,700, with nearly a hundred donations ranging from £10 to £250. You can find it by searching “Running for Nick” on www.justgiving.com.
Gladstein, who was with Stanley just before he passed away, said: “Nick was playing football that night which was something he loved. It was a complete shock”.
“A young life of 33 was taken too early, and if we can scan a hundred people and even just one of those people gets identified as having a heart issue, you’ve effectively saved another life,” he added.
“He was a devoted and wonderful husband,” he said. Nick Stanley and his wife Jemma were members of a WhatsApp group with the runners and they would take turns hosting each other for dinner as part of what they affectionately termed the “Friday Night Dinner club”.
“We’ve gone through so much in that group,” Gladstein said. “Everyone got married. We went through engagements, marriages, new homes and two of the couples had babies.”
“Nick was an amazing guy, with fantastic personality, a heart of gold, and very unique. His memory will definitely live on, and that’s why it’s important we do this for others.”
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.