A BIG-hearted butcher hopes to par the competition down to the bone at Knowle Fun Run, while raising cash for Solihull’s Down’s Syndrome Support Group.
Darren Newman, who works at Browns, in Prospect Lane, was inspired to help the group by one of his regular customers – Beverley Finch.
The mum-of-three, whose 17-year-old son Richard has Down’s Syndrome, said she was delighted by the generous gesture.
“He just told me one day he was going to do it, and next thing I knew he’d bought some collection tins for the shop,” said Beverley, of nearby Streetsbrook Road. “The group has around 64 members now and it provides all kinds of support for families across the borough. This will be a big boost for us.”
Darren’s colleagues joke that the 32-year-old is “no Roger Bannister” and the man himself admits he’s never done anything like this before.
“I’ll be glad when it’s over to be honest,” he said. “But it’s all for a very good cause and hopefully we can raise a good sum for the group.”
Donations for Darren’s run can be made at Browns. To find out more about the support group, call Beverley on 07538 477727.
q Turn-out to cheer Darren and hundreds of others at Knowle Fun Run, which takes place this Sunday (May 13).
BBC’s Mary Rhodes will be sounding the klaxon to set runners on their way at around 12 noon.
This year’s course will be slightly shorter than usual, starting outside Arden School instead of the playing fields.
As usual, the circuit will be closed to traffic from around 11.45am-2pm.