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Local fundraiser goes the extra mile for Rainbow Centre

Posted: September 24, 2014 Time: 12:00 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

A fundraiser from Titchfield has raised over £3,300 for local charity The Rainbow Centre after completing a gruelling 65mile non-stop run across the Isle of Wight.

Martin Palethorpe, an executive coach and father of two, completed the run in just over 16 hours. With friends and supporters cheering him on from the side lines, Martin set out at 7.30am and finally completed his run just after 11pm that evening.

The Rainbow Centre, based in Fareham, works with young children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and adults with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and those recovering from a stroke or head injury. Families from across Hampshire and the south east regularly travel to the centre to use its specialist services.

Martin Palethorpe, Reuben Smith, Zita DerbakMartin presented a cheque to Rainbow Centre conductor Zita Derbak and four year old Reuben Smith who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and attends the centre two days a week.

According to Martin, knowing how much the money raised would mean to the charity and also all the messages of support he had received, is what spurred him on to keep going to the end.  “It was fantastic to be able to hand over a cheque for over £3,300 to the Rainbow Centre,” said Martin. “I’m a trustee of the charity and it is a fantastic organisation doing amazing things for families across the area. The charity desperately needs funding to enable it to continue in its work, so every penny donated will really make a difference.”

He added: “It was a very tough day and I had to break through both physical and mental barriers along the way, but I’ve always been one for a challenge and running 65 miles non-stop was definitely that.”

Lara Bull, centre director from The Rainbow Centre, said: “Just like Martin, our children and adults face many challenges themselves every day and have to keep motivated and working hard to increase their independence and mobility. We’re so thankful to Martin for all his efforts, in both raising this money and for the awareness he has generated.”

It is not the first time that action man Martin has pushed himself to the limit. His previous endurance challenges include cycling the length of Britain, running across both the Gobi and Sahara desert, and also taking part in a race to the North Pole.

The Rainbow Centre, founded in 1983, provides a unique form of positive learning called ‘conductive education’ that helps with the development of new neurological pathways in the brain. For more information please visit or call 01329 289500.

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