Jo meets Saxon Day Centre’s Arch to Arc fundraiser

Jo was pleased to meet Orpington resident Chris Leek, who is taking on the Arch to Arc challenge to raise money for the Saxon Day Centre. Mr Leek, 32, is set to tackle the infamous Enduroman Arch 2 Arc challenge, an unparalleled triathlon consisting of an 87-mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, followed by a 21-mile swim across the English Channel and an 181-mile bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Chris has been inspired to take on this challenge for his father, Dennis, who has both Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia and is cared for full-time by Chris’ mother, Linda. Chris is aiming to raise £1 million for Parkinson’s UK, Lewy Body Society and Orpington’s Saxon Day Centre.

The Saxon Day Centre, located on Lych Gate Road, provides friendly and accessible care for elderly clients, including those who are physically frail and/or have dementia and who are in need of a day out from their home environment, or whose carers need a day of respite.

Jo met Chris, Dennis and Linda at the Saxon Day Centre and discussed the support and respite the day centre provides, as well as Chris’ upcoming challenge. Jo was also pleased to meet volunteers at the Saxon Day Centre to thank them for the support they provide for older people and their families and carers.

Jo said ‘It was great to speak to Chris about his preparations of this challenge. Chris’ chosen charities are clearly close to his heart and I am glad that the Saxon Day Centre will benefit from his efforts.’

You can follow Chris’ preparations for the event on Instagram at chris.leek_ ( and support Chris’ fundraising at Virgin Money Giving