Running for Jack
UPDATE 18 May.
Wow! What a response. £31,861 raised from 1,448 supporters (at time of writing) and made the ITV! THANK YOU to everyone who supported this initiative and to Jack's friends for organising such a wonderful event.
I got a little carried away and did 2 runs!
Roll on the actual Hackney Half in the autumn..
On 29 November 2019, Jack Merritt was murdered at Fishmonger's Hall. This was a particularly tragic event as Jack, in his role as a course convenor for Learning Together, had been working hard to support many prisoners who were trying to turn their lives around. The team at Coracle had been working with Jack for the past couple of years, developing in-cell digital technology to support the Learning Together students. We miss him very much.
On 17 May 2020, a group of Jack's friends (including James Tweed from Coracle Inside) planned to run the Hackney Half Marathon to raise some much needed funds for the Learning Together project. Unfortunately the run has been postponed until the Autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But now more than ever the cause which Jack believed in needs to be championed.
We know COVID-19 hits hardest those who have the least. We know our prisons reflect the social inequalities of our society. We know people working in our prisons are doing a very difficult job at a very challenging time. Let’s #RememberJack and stand in solidarity with those who work and live in our prisons at this time.
At 9am on the 17th May we will all still be running, using our daily exercise, to support Learning Together.
We'd love it if you decided to get you involved too! So we challenge you to get on your running shoes and #RememberJack
- Run 1k, 5k, 10k... Whatever you can do!
- Donate whatever you can! There's a JustGiving page here
If we can't be together we will still run together. When you run, please tweet a selfie of yourself with the #JackMerritt and #RunningForJack and if you'd like to, please join our Strava running club.
About Learning Together
The Learning Together programme is run by the University of Cambridge. It which brings together people in criminal justice and higher education institutions to study alongside each other in inclusive and transformative learning communities.
Jack was extremely passionate about prisoner rehabilitation and prison reform and had an innate knack for seeing the good in people. His Dad, Dave , spoke about Jack's work saying that, 'There are around about 60 prisoners who will never be released, everybody else will be released. So the focus of the whole system should be on public safety and rehabilitation.
Jack wouldn't have wanted the circumstances of his death to affect the amazing work that Learning Together does, so please give as generously as you can to help them continue this work.
Borrow his intelligence, share his drive, feel his passion, burn with his anger, and extinguish hatred with his kindness. Never give up his fight.'
We're all counting on this passion to get us all over the finish line!