Ben and David Payne ran the Hull Marathon to say thank you to Hull NICU for the care they showed Ben's son Felix and to raise money for Refugee Support Network in memory of their incredible brother, John (pictured right).
John and his wife Abi were long-term friends of RSN. Over many years, they showed their love and care for young refugees in so many ways - through mentoring, prayer and financial support. At the start of the 'refugee crisis', when RSN was inundated by offers of assistance, John was first on the scene; generously sharing his time and expertise to help us set up systems to process and respond to all the enquiries we were getting. Ben and David write:
On the 29th September, John died from a sudden cardiac arrest. It was a huge shock and we miss him so much. He was an inspiration to both of us, always encouraging, always challenging and always pushing us to be the best people we could be. Refugee Support Network was an important charity to him and we would like to be able to raise money in John's memory and also raise awareness of the work they do. Please visit their website, whether you can donate money or not, and have conversations with friends about how we can do a better job of treating each other like human beings regardless of where we are from. John was an example of this to us.