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Tribute fundraising for John Paul Clarke
May 18th, 2017
The family and friends of East London man who died after a tragic motorbike accident have completed the gruelling Tough Mudder obstacle course in his memory – raising more than £11,000 for youth homelessness charity Depaul UK.
A team of 10 endured the notoriously hard 11-mile challenge in honour of John Paul Clarke, who died three years ago aged 35.
John Paul’s sister Nathalie Quinn, of Hackney, helped organise the fundraiser and rallied the team on 6 May.
After the event, Nathalie said: “The last few months have been tough both emotionally and physically for all. John Paul is sorely missed, and even the fundraising on its own is a real challenge. However, to see how much money the team has raised, and knowing the good it will do with Depaul, makes it all worthwhile.
“After we lost John Paul we wanted to keep his memory and spirit alive in a positive way that would honour him and reflect his generous nature. We decided that raising money to help young people reach their full potential, often in the face of adversity, would be something that he would feel a real connection with.”
The team completed the Tough Mudder course together over five hours, enduring a tank filled with ice, electric shock and miles of mud – and hitting a fundraising total of more than £11,000.
The funds raised will now go to Depaul UK to help young people affected by homelessness fulfil their potential.
Depaul UK Chief Executive Martin Houghton-Brown said: “I am quite frankly completely overwhelmed by their fundraising endeavour. They are genuine heroes.”
It is a fitting cause for John Paul Clarke, who loved sport and had an affinity with young people, encouraging them to be the best they could be, according to his family.
John Paul lived and worked in London for all of his life and, for the last five years, made his home in Dalston, East London.
For many years he was a keen Sunday League footballer, and he took up snowballing and tai chi, at which he won individual bronze and team gold at a competition in Germany.
He was also a talented actor who starred in a short film Salome which was taken to the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
His family and friends have raised more than £40,000 to help young people fulfil their potential in John Paul’s memory and intend to continue his legacy with more fundraising activity in the future.