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Running for those who can’t

Date: 17 November 2016

Nigel D Great South RunA member of the communities engagement team took on a 10-mile race last month to raise money for a Christian disability charity.

Nigel Drury, community connector for Spelthorne, tackled the Great South Run, which takes in some of the historic sights of Portsmouth along its 10-mile course. In doing so, he raised ​over £500 for Through the Roof, a UK-based Christian charity that works with disabled people to bring practical help to them  and their families.

Nigel is particularly passionate about one of the charity’s overseas programmes, Wheels for the World, which restores and distributes refurbished NHS wheelchairs, mostly to people in Africa, giving them increased independence and demonstrating the love of God in a practical way. The wheelchairs are reconditioned by prisoners at HMP Parkhurst, which in turn helps to restore their self-worth and dignity.

In the past, Nigel has taken Wheels for the World teams to Uganda and Kenya, assisting local partner agencies to bring practical, emotional and spiritual help to hundreds of disabled people in their localities. 

Nigel said: “My last trip was in 2015 to my old home of Mozambique and I was able to raise a good sum for that mission. This time I simply wanted the charity to be all the more able to send one of their next teams. Every trip brings practical help to many needy people and their families. Many, many thanks on behalf of the charity to all those who sponsored me.”

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