Nigerian woman runs for Grace House and other charities


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Joy Okoye


Joy Okoye of Finchley has been a barrister in England and Wales since 1981 and also a Solicitor & Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 1982. She provides a specialist advocacy and advisory service based on her extensive experience of all aspects of family law and child protection Joy is running a marathon, supporting four charities, including Grace House in North Finchley.

We hope you will be generous in your donations and the following is a write-up on the charity donation website.

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Grace House

Grace House

Grace House was and is the vision of Ann Gilbert. After so many years of working in care homes, Ann found herself becoming disillusioned by the care received by the elderly. She was so moved by their plight, that she set about campaigning for better care of the elderly, not just in residential homes but as outreach care.


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Ann Gilbert


The news of Ann’s care spread and soon there were many who wanted to be cared for by her. As this was not possible given her limited resources, Ann approached a group of Christians at St Paul’s Church, Finchley, to set up a charity, for the purpose of caring for the elderly, both in a residential and community setting. Thus Christian Care Trust was registered as a Charity. Grace House, has now been going for 11 years. Although Grace House has a Christian ethos, it admits and cares for all religions and races.

Grace House as a result of its not for profit basis has often struggled financially, despite this Grace House has never stinted on the care delivered to the elderly. Grace House is in a wonderful house at 110 Nether Street, North Finchley and has grown from just a sole client to room for nine residents.

It is truly a home from home. Grace House boasts a team of highly skilled staff. Over the years Grace House has fast become a hub of the community, offering its residents various activities such as holistic therapies, exercises, concerts, garden parties, and the highlight of the year is usually the Quiz night, which is hugely enjoyed by all.

These activities keep the residents feeling very much as they belong to a caring community. There are regular services held for residents and staff. More recently Grace has had to put in a lift to improve the quality of life for its resident. This has put enormous pressure on their resources. Furthermore grace House hopes to be in apposition to provide subsidised care to at least two residents who may not be a position to pay for their care.

Grace House is passionately committed to ensuring a good quality of life for those that they care for and so important to give them the dignity and respect in their golden years.

Joy Okoye is running the Neolithic marathon on the 1st May 2011, and has chosen Grace House as one of her charities. Joy is also a trustee of Grace House. We hope you will support her efforts. It just goes to show that even in relative old age you can run a marathon!!!

To make your donation go to Charity Choice. Christian Care Trust have kindly agreed to split the monies paid into their account between Joy’s four charities.

If you prefer you may make a donation to her directly by cheque, made out to Christian Care Trust and she will distribute it between the charities.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Joy by email

Finally, your editor has known Ann for nearly two decades and she is everything mentioned in the above, and more.
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