9th Dec, 2016

Stratford man puts best foot forward for Heart of England Mencap

Stratford Editorial 21st Mar, 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 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.