Entrepreneur's Marathon Effort in Memory of Supportive Grandfathers

KINGSBURY, U.K. - Nov. 14, 2022 - PRLog -- The owner of a lawn care company has raised £5,500 for charity after running the London Marathon in memory of the grandfathers who helped him take the business to the next level.

Entrepreneur Jack Chapman, of Kingsbury Lawn Care, smashed his target of £3,000 for Cancer Research UK, thanks to generous donations from friends, family and customers.

He'd spent months preparing, having clocked up more than 500 miles in training, not to mention the many miles walked up and down lawns. The 29-year-old finished the run in 4h 49m, despite being physically ill just over halfway into the event.

"I'm absolutely blown away by the amount raised and really grateful to everyone who sponsored me," Jack said.
"I really wanted to finish in less than four hours, but I just wasn't right after 16 miles, and started being physically sick from around the 20-mile mark. While I've made my peace with it, that's not to say I don't have a score to settle with a marathon distance in the future!"

The seeds were sown for Kingsbury Lawn Care (https://kingsburylawncare.co.uk/) when Jack was just 15 years old and mowing lawns for his neighbours in the North Warwickshire village.

But it was thanks to the support and generosity of his grandparents that he was able to take the business to the next level by specialising in lawn care treatments and renovations. They loaned the money for the business's first Ford Transit Custom van, which was pivotal in that next step of growth.

Kingsbury Lawn Care (https://kingsburylawncare.co.uk/) now has a team of four and looks after more than 1,000 lawns across the West Midlands.

Jack's grandfathers, Robert Sanders and Stewart Chapman, both died of cancer in recent years, and he wanted to give something back in their memory.

"My grandparents not only believed and trusted in me but could see my vision to reach and help as many people as possible. It was their faith in me that was the catalyst to us serving just shy of 1000 homeowners today," Jack said.

The fundraising achievement rounds off what has been a successful year for the business, despite the wider economic challenges.

Customer numbers have grown 20 per cent and Kingsbury Lawn Care has just completed its biggest lawn renovation season to date.

There are big plans for 2023, including a new organic-based fertiliser programme, which will improve the health of the soil and achieve even greater results, another long-wheel base van and a new team member.

Jack said: "We're lucky that we've still been able to expand at a time when people are having to make savings and we really appreciate the fact that more and more people are trusting us with their lawns."

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