Adam Lewthwaite was raised in Kidmore End and is looking to raise funds on behalf of Home-Start Reading, a charity that offers free and face-to-face support to local families who are under stress, help prevent family crisis and emphasise the pleasures of family life.
We have asked him to tell us a bit more about himself and why he is doing this.
What do you do?
I am a project manager for a Communication company in South Oxfordshire.
What is your favourite thing about the Kidmore End area?
I currently live in the centre of Reading so enjoy returning to Kidmore End to enjoy the peace and quite of the countryside. I like going for walks and bike rides around the area. My parents still live in the village so I always get well fed whenever I am back which is a bonus!
What do you miss the most?
How quiet and beautiful it is.
Why have you signed up to the half marathon?
I am a keen runner and the Reading Half is a great event which i have participated in the last 3 years. This year to add to the challenge I decided to run in fancy dress (running in a dress with a pram) for a local charity. Home-Start Reading
is a fantastic charity that is doing a huge amount of work locally. I first learnt about the charity from my mum who has volunteered for over 15 years. I have seen and heard about the great work that they do and am proud to be able to raise money to help them.
Tell us a bit more about your chosen charity
Homestart Reading recruits and trains volunteers to provide free face-to-face support to local families who are under stress. During April 2017 and March 2018 Homestart Reading supported 96 local families through their home-visiting service or targeted group work. The main needs were mental ill-health, isolation, disability and parenting struggles. Reading has issues with “poverty pockets”, overstretched services, a failing to cope infrastructure and a lack of suitable housing.
If residents would like to donate, what is the best way to do so?
I have a virgin giving page, and any help would be greatly appreciated.
And lastly, if we want to cheer for you, when is your event taking place?
17th March in Reading
, the Homestart Reading cheering point is on Kendrick Road, but come and watch along the route, it should be a great day – add map attached