James Richardson

Running for Bereaved Children

 Peppard carpenter, James Richardson, 26, began running a few months ago to keep fit. He found he enjoyed it and as he increased both his fitness and interest, he decided to seek sponsorship for a charity. He researched charities and decided on Daisy’s Dream as something that would motivate him to keep going. Daisy’s Dream is a local charity which offers help and support to children affected by the loss of someone close to them. It offers phone and e-mail support, one-to-one and group support and information on-line (e-mail info@daisysdream.org.uk or 0118 934 2604).

James committed himself to covering 200 miles over this year in half marathons and 10k runs. At the time of writing, he has completed four runs, two of which were half marathons, and has improved his time and fitness.

James had not been involved with any sport since he left school until he decided to run for fitness. His other hobby is snowboarding at the indoor centre in Hemel Hempstead. This year, James has been running every evening, wearing a headtorch on dark winter evenings and, with lighter evenings, enjoying the scenery in the local area. Once a week, he uses an exercise bike to strengthen different muscles.

James’ original target was to raise £1000 but he quickly reached that through the sponsorship of friends and family. Sponsorship has slowed but James would love to be able to reach a revised target of £1500 for this worthwhile charity. If you feel you could sponsor James please go to www.daisysdream.org.uk/fundraisers/20-races-200-miles. The charity needs the money and James needs all the help and encouragement he can get!

Sue Nickson