SAIF member’s marathon challenge

Jardine Funeral Directors

Scottish independent funeral director Jason Bassett will be stepping out for two good causes when he achieves his dream of running the TCS London Marathon.

Jason, who works for SAIF member Jardine Funerals in Dumfries, has been applying to run in the iconic race for the past five years. He finally succeeded in securing a ballot place for the 2023 event last October.

The 33-year-old will be running in aid of baby loss charity SiMBA, which provides memory boxes to bereaved parents as a way of gathering timeless and precious memories of their late child. Jason is also raising funds for John Ferguson, a local boy who is battling a rare form of cancer and has endured months of treatment and hospital stays. John’s family has been charting his touching story on Facebook.

Speaking in advance, Jason said: “The training over the winter has been difficult, due to the cold and wet conditions. I’ve been out in all weathers three to five times a week, gradually building my distance from five miles to 20 miles. I’ve managed to avoid injury by recovering in an ice bath after each training session.”

He also encouraged SAIF members to show support for the two causes.

“SiMBA recently announced an emergency appeal for donations, as they are facing closure due to increased demand and lack of funds. As a funeral director, I see first hand the benefit they provide, so I think we need to do everything we can to ensure they can continue.

“I’ve also been moved by John’s story – this wee boy who has been amazingly brave and deserves all the support he can get,” added Jason.

So far, Jason’s fundraising total stands at £1,820, thanks to the generosity of family, friends and colleagues. However, he’s appealing to the funeral profession to help him hit a target of £2,500. To support Jason’s fundraising bid, visit here.

Find out more  about John’s Journey on Facebook here.

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