Former Aspire volunteer, Rob Payne, has raised over £3000 for Aspire, which provides social skills opportunities with young people who have autistic spectrum conditions.
Prior to Sunday's event, Rob said, 'I have seen firsthand the amazing work of Romsey Mill. Because of this I am happy to put myself through the weeks of hard training and to face the challenge of running my first (and last) marathon on 22nd April to raise money for them.'
Rob thanked Cambridge University Press for their support, which included providing a specially printed running vest; he also thanked his fellow members of Corpus Christi College for their support.
Romsey Mill's Aspire programme supports young people who may be struggling with the demands of their autistic spectrum condition, including loneliness, bullying and coping with the stresses of school life. The programme provides social clubs and opportunities to develop social skills, leading to young people being better able to function in neuro-typical society.
One participant said recently, 'It has helped me to cope. It has helped me to understand my autism.' Another said, 'I feel wanted here. I have friends here who ask me to do things with them. That has never happened before.'