September 7th, 2016

Stratford man puts best foot forward for Heart of England Mencap

Stratford man puts best foot forward for Heart of England Mencap Stratford man puts best foot forward for Heart of England Mencap

A CHALLENGE of 40 miles on foot in under eight hours awaits one hardy Stratfordian.

Gary Stokes is taking on the Coventry Way Challenge circular route from Meriden on Sunday April 3 to raise money for Heart of England Mencap.

The Warwick-based National Grid employee and his colleagues helped put on a Christmas party for adults with learning disabilities supported by Mencap’s Pathway activity service and he was inspired to continue helping them.

The 43-year-old from Long Compton will be aiming to raise £1,500 for radio equipment.

Gary said: “I have taken part before – but walking much of the way so my real aim this time is to run most of it, at least two-thirds of the distance, and to finish in under eight hours which will certainly be a challenge.

“I met such a lovely bunch of people when I volunteered with Heart of England Mencap.

“I was doing something very small, but it made a really big difference to the quality of people’s lives – and that was incredibly rewarding.

“I know first-hand how much this radio equipment would mean – and to fund raise knowing exactly where the money will be going is a massive motivator.”

National Grid have pledged to match anything he raises up to £400.

Visit www.justgiving.com/garystokesACW2016 to sponsor Gary.

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