James Smith from Bridgwater has set his sights on raising hundreds of pounds for Brainwave by taking on a special challenge later this year. Having successfully completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge – three marathons in three days – in 2019, James is now looking to embark on the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 Miler this coming May.

Running a picturesque route from Taunton to Minehead, the challenge will see James taking on 50 miles of Somerset’s finest landscape, all in the hope of raising vital funds for Brainwave.

Speaking of why James has chosen to support the children’s charity, he said,

“I’ve raised money before for some national charities however I never quite felt a strong connection to them. For my most recent challenges, I was very keen to support a local charity as I wanted to make a positive impact on my local community. I am very fortunate to have two happy, healthy girls at home, however some of my friends are in a different position and have a variety of challenges, such as autism, affecting them in bringing up their own children. I’ve witnessed first-hand how much pain and stress this can cause the entire family, so I wanted to do my small bit in helping other local families affected get the support they desperately need.”

Emma James, Brainwave’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, said,

“James raised a fantastic amount of money for Brainwave last year with his challenge and we’re thrilled he’s donning his running shoes again for us this year!

“The children we work with achieve incredible milestones by being on a Brainwave Therapy Programme. We do not receive government funding and rely on donations and fantastic fundraisers like James to run our three main centres, including the local South West Centre in Bridgwater.

“By sponsoring James and supporting his challenge, you’ll be helping a child with disabilities access our specialised Therapy Programme and achieve greater independence.”

To sponsor James, visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-smith264

Brainwave is a charity that helps children with disabilities achieve greater independence. They aim to improve children’s mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of specialist therapies. Their multidisciplinary team of qualified therapists devise a structured Therapy Programme that families can continue at home, helping children reach their potential.

To find out more about Brainwave, please visit: brainwave.org.uk

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