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Solihull woman completes Great Manchester Run in memory of beloved brother

Solihull Editorial 22nd May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

A YOUNG Solihull woman honoured the memory of her late brother by running the Great Manchester Run for global children’s charity Plan UK today.

Jenny Diez-Jones ran the 10km race in memory of her late brother, Fernando Diez-Jones, who passed away while travelling around South America earlier this year.

Fernando had been travelling with a close friend from university, Matthew, who is the grandson of John Langdon-Davies, founder of children’s charity Plan.

Fernando, 24, was due to complete a Masters degree in International Political Economy and Development at Birmingham University.

Plan is one of the world’s leading global children’s charities working on safe education, disaster relief and girls’ rights across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Jenny says: “Fernando was a keen humanitarian, and sought to improve the lives of others on both a personal and global level. He was a particularly positive and enthusiastic individual, able to impact people’s lives with his inspiring energy; he was a motivator.

“Being his twin sister, I vowed that I would do something for charity every year in his memory, in the attempt to keep his generous spirit alive.

“Last year I completed the Three Peaks, so this year called for the Manchester Great Run.

“Plan is a charity that’s close to our hearts.

So far Jenny has raised over £700 for Plan.

Laura Coffin, Community and Events Fundraising Assistant for Plan UK says:

“We are touched that Jenny decided to run to raise money for Plan in memory of her brother Fernando.

“Her incredible efforts will help support children worldwide to realise their potential.

“Thank you Jenny for your perseverance and invaluable contribution to Plan’s work.”

There is still time to support Jenny’s fundraising at

For more information about Plan UK please call 0300 777 9777 or visit


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