Deaf News: Brother of Deaf man runs London Marathon to raise £1,500 for Jewish Deaf Association

Posted on May 4, 2016

London Marathon runner James Cotsen completed the race in 4 hours 43 minutes, raising £1,568 for the north Finchley-based Jewish Deaf Association (JDA).

He ran on behalf of his deaf brother Jonny, a teacher living in Cardiff. (James lives in London.)  He said:

“My brother Jonny is the driving force behind my decision to raise funds for JDA. Jonny was born deaf and does wonderful work teaching art to hearing kids in Cardiff.

One day I thought to myself, what can I give back? So I decided to enter the London Marathon on behalf of Jonny and JDA.

JDA supports and works for everyone in the Jewish deaf community and beyond. When I visited JDA I learned about the charity’s wonderful work and I was very impressed.”

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After the race James said: “I am very tired and sore, but it was worth it! I am really pleased that I am able to make a difference.”

JDA Chief Executive Sue Cipin said: “Thank you so much, James, for all your hard work – in preparing for the London Marathon, for raising an incredible amount and for doing so much to make people aware of JDA’s vital work.  Your amazing efforts will help us to change even more lives for the better.”

You can still donate by clicking here.

Our main photo shows James with his two daughters: Zoe, aged 9 and Rosie, aged 7. James was one of the winners of a Buxton Water competition. The prize was that at the 12-mile mark of the run, the winners were allowed to run 80 meters with someone  they love.  James made his winning run in the ‘Lane of  Heroes’, with Zoe and Rosie.

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