Glen Lewis

Former Royal Marine and two brothers will be lacing their trainers in a few weeks to run through the streets of one of the Norths most industrial and buzzing cities to raise money for us.

Glen Lewis, flanked by long standing friends - the Pecks’ brothers are all taking on the arduous task of running Manchester’s Marathon on the 7th of April. All three hail from Cranleigh, and have selected Cherry Trees as the charity to benefit from their fundraising efforts, because of our locality to where they grew up and because they felt the money would really make a difference to our cause.

Training sessions across both London and Surrey has seen them out running four times a week on the flat paths of Hyde park, London and across the punchier Surrey Hills, training across Cranleigh, Winterfold, Shere and Newlands Corner.

The trio can count themselves as experienced runners with several marathons, triathlons and long distance cycling events between them.

James Peck has travelled the world: Australia, Nepal and then onto Morocco living the surfer life in a converted van for nine months. When he is not chasing waves around the world, and is in the UK he has successfully entered and completed both the Nottingham and Brighton marathons finishing with strong times.

Glen Lewis is already a strong supporter of Cherry Trees having previously taken to the saddle for us, raising money cycling the Prudential Ride 100 road race. A former Royal Marine, serving in non-operational expeditions as a Mountain Leader through deserts, jungles and the arctic circle he has a strong fitness base. After four years in the forces, he continues to be incredibly active and has completed triathlons, 10K’s, half marathons, paddle board half marathons, and cycled London to Paris.

‘Cherry Trees really stood out for us. We felt that everything we would raise would really make a difference – a genuine difference. We didn’t want it to feel like the money raised would be lost to a bigger charity. We are local boys and it’s near to where we grew up and the work that goes on is fantastic. We know that this truly local charity will really reap the benefits of every penny we manage to raise. Cherry Trees offer a service invaluable to both children and their families.’

On the 23rd March the trio will be hosting their very own barn dance in the heart of the Surrey Hills, tickets are £10 on the door (contact Cherry Trees fundraising if you would like more details). If you aren’t able to don the denims, you can donate here in lieu of a night out dancing to country and western! Thanks!

Cherry Trees is a small charity, set in the peaceful village of East Clandon, near Guildford, Surrey, providing home from home specialist short breaks for children and young people aged 0-19 with a range of disabilities including learning, physical and sensory impairments. Cherry Trees unique home from home care provides professional care in a safe, fun and loving environment, where every child is valued for who they are and essentially their family are given the break they so need too.

Glen Lewis