I am proud to have been associated with L’Arche for several years now. Initial awareness came through reading Henri Nouwen’s books, and my mother-in-law’s association with the charity in Kent.

More recently I have enjoyed closer involvement in Manchester, chiefly through sponsored runs as part of “Team L’Arche”. It is a privilege to be associated with L’Arche, which is a wonderful charity with splendid values and inspirational people.

It would be wonderful if “team L’Arche” were able to raise a substantial sum to expand and enhance the network of communities which Jean Vanier (who died aged 90 last year) founded in 1964.

I do hope that this year you too will become a L’Arche stakeholder by sponsoring what (I promise!) will be my last marathon.

Thank you very much in anticipation.