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Running for Simon Offen

Archie Blanchard is running in the London Marathon on behalf of Cancer Research UK in memory of his godfather (and Vincent's former Bursar), the wonderful Simon Offen. Please support him!
4 Apr 2024
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Archie Blanchard planting a tree in Simon's memory on Christ Church meadow
Archie Blanchard planting a tree in Simon's memory on Christ Church meadow

I am running the London Marathon on behalf of Cancer Research UK in memory of my godfather, Simon Offen, who sadly passed away from cancer last year. All who knew Simon will remember him for his generosity, kindness, mischievous sense of fun, and his famously strong gin and tonics.

I was incredibly fortunate to have Simon as my godfather. Not only was he great fun, but he was also a great mentor who taught me some invaluable life lessons. Simon was a very talented chef and an extraordinary host, something I always looked up to him for and I'm particularly grateful to him for teaching me how to cook.

Christ Church's decision to plant a tree in Simon's memory (pictured below) is a touching gesture that he would have appreciated. He always spoke so highly of the college and it was fitting that Vincent's was filled to capacity for his memorial service. It was clear from conversations I had with students and professors at his memorial service the impact he had on the society.

In running the marathon I hope to raise as much money in his memory as possible but also want to use this to prolong Simon's legacy to remember what a truly wonderful human being he was. I hope that many glasses will be raised in his honor to reminisce about the cherished memories we all shared.

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