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This isn't me. This is Holly. I've used her photograph because she's prettier than me, and because this is more about her and her friends than it is about me.

Holly has Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes severe learning difficulties. You can read more about it by clicking the link to the right.

Depending upon the time of year, Holly's dad, John, either plays for the same cricket club as me, answers with great patience my ill-informed questions about wildlife, or sells me my Christmas turkey.

When I decided to do this run, I felt that I needed the added incentive of doing it for a charity (because I'm quite capable of deciding just to write off the entry fee and not do it at all). I wanted to help a charity who could really use the money I could raise, however little, and not one of the big national causes. I also wanted to support a charity who I knew were supporting my friends. I chose Assert because I know that the money you donate will go to helping Holly, her parents, her friends and their parents and carers. 

And now a little about me:

I took part in the very first Two Castles run, back in 1983. Back then I was a decent runner, even good enough to run for Warwickshire on a couple of occasions. Then I developed shin splints that were so bad, even walking would hurt the day after a run. As a result, I think I've completed two runs since 1985, one of which was only a mile long.

Despite this, the old nostalgic part of me wants to take part in the thirtieth anniversary run, so I'm going to do some hard training, because I want to get around this run as best as I can and hopefully raise a decent sum of money along the way.

Thank you for reading this far. Now give me some money. Please.

Richard

Raising money for

Angelman Syndrome Support Education & Research Trust

Angelman Syndrome Support Education & Research Trust

Charity Registration No. 1021882

Assert is a United Kingdom based support group for those affected by the rare genetic condition Angelman Syndome (AS). A diagnosis of AS will have life changing consequences and we are there to help families cope. We also advise medical and care professionals dealing with this rare condition.

Donations 67

Must have been easier than keeping wicket!

Donation by S Coleman on 11/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good work the O'Hagan

Donation by Ian Holford on 11/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Better late than never!

Donation by Anonymous on 10/06/13

£20.00

Well done.

Donation by Chris Owen on 09/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 09/06/13

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Good luck Richard.

Donation by Andreas Latta on 06/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great cause Richard. Best of luck!

Donation by Paul Francis on 06/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, Richard!

Donation by Nick Hudson on 06/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck, Richard! Great cause.

Donation by Sarah & Stewart Manning on 06/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Have a fun run ... !!!!

Donation by Eric Butcher on 06/06/13

I'm lucky enough to be Holly's neighbour. She's a beautiful little girl who brightens up my day with her gorgeous smile and cheery waves and a credit to her fantastic parents who are doing a great job

Donation by Janice on 05/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Best of Luck... we may even come and watch you suffer...

Donation by Anonymous on 05/06/13

It's great to do something like this when the cause is close to your heart. Godspeed!

Donation by Sebastian Morrison on 23/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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All the best with the run and training.

Donation by Michael Kirwan on 23/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Obviously I think you are mad but feel I should make it worth the pain. Good luck x

Donation by El Rose on 23/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck :-) and have fun! Lx

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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good luck! :D

Donation by @minimaggi on 23/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/05/13

£10.00

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Good luck Richard :)

Donation by Helen Burt on 22/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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You're my hero. That's all x

Donation by Amy McConville on 15/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by carol fry on 05/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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What a beautiful girl with a beautiful name and a good cause! Good luck x

Donation by Mandy Peake on 03/04/13

£5.00

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Donation by Paul Frame on 28/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Careful now!

Donation by Lee Calvert on 28/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done that man, great cause just try not to fall over and break your nose:-0

Donation by Byron Lindsay on 28/03/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,205.15
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,205.15
  • Gift Aid£262.50

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