5th Dec, 2016

Runner putting best foot forward for Heart of England Mencap

Stratford Editorial 1st Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

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

The 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.

Gary said: “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.