Going the distance - Milton Keynes man to run the London Marathon in support of people with disabilities (2)A 52 year-old man from Milton Keynes is taking part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, representing the national employment, learning and skills charity, Shaw Trust. Inspired by his partner, Fiona Murphy – who suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy and Spinal Stenosis – Adrian Kimpton will be lacing up his running shoes to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their relationship. He will be raising funds to support children with cancer and disabled people across the country.

Adrian met Fiona last year when she lived in Dorset and worked as an administrator for Abilities – a not-for-profit training provider that helps to support Shaw Trust’s disabled and unemployed clients. Adrian, who works as a Railway Engineer in Milton Keynes, learnt all about Shaw Trust through Fiona.

Despite having to travel long distances, Adrian and Fiona grew ever closer, with Adrian supporting Fiona to manage her health conditions. Fiona successfully applied for an Employment Advisor position at Shaw Trust’s Milton Keynes office and moved to the area last July. Employed in her new role, Fiona took a keen interest in the Trust’s annual participation in the London Marathon, sharing her enthusiasm with Adrian.

Inspired by Fiona and her success, Adrian is now training to run the London Marathon on behalf of Shaw Trust. To raise as much money as possible, he is eager to get more local donations from people in Milton Keynes to reach his £1,000 fundraising target. Should he reach his goal, Adrian’s employer will match this figure with a donation to CLIC Sargent.  To sponsor Adrian, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Blademeister

Adrian Kimpton, who is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Shaw Trust, said:

“I have witnessed first-hand how much time and effort Shaw Trust devotes to helping disadvantaged people. My partner Fiona was unemployed for five years after a spinal operation and a Shaw Trust programme got her back into work. I am determined to complete the London Marathon to thank Shaw Trust for everything they have done. All the money I raise will be invested in services to help more disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.”

Roy O’Shaughnessy, chief executive of Shaw Trust, added:

“We are grateful to Adrian for his support and look forward to cheering him on when he runs for Shaw Trust in the London Marathon this year. The money Adrian is raising will make a huge difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people across the United Kingdom.

“Shaw Trust is a national employment, learning and skills charity that helps people facing disadvantage into work, to gain skills and take control of their futures. 50 people have registered to run the London Marathon for the Trust. All our runners are offered support during the run up to the big day. This comes in the form of fundraising and training tips, a Shaw Trust running vest and a big dose of inspiration to keep them going on those odd days when self-doubt creeps into their training schedule.”