A DAD-OF-THREE from Giltbrook has decided to raise money for a learning difficulties charity in Kimberley when he runs the London marathon later this year.
Leigh Smith wants to raise money for the Rumbletums café, set to open up in Newdigate Street to offer employment advice and opportunities to college leavers with learning difficulties.
The 40-year-old’s son, Joseph, has a rare genetic disorder and has learning problems.
Mr Smith, of Acorn Avenue, said: “My son is 11 so he’s got a way to go before he finishes college but Rumbletums is a great idea. It’s hard enough getting a job with normal abilities.
“People with learning difficulties are going to have a harder time and if there’s a centre they can drop into, then all well and good.”
Mr Smith, who is running the marathon for the third year running, said he was touched after reading about Rumbletums in the Advertiser earlier this month.
“I didn’t raise anything last year and I thought it would be nice, particularly as it’s a local charity. A little is better then none,” he said.
The fitness fanatic first ran the London marathon in 2008 when he raised £1,500 for Unique – the charity that raises money for the rare chromosome disorder his son suffers with. He said he wanted to do the marathon three times to get an award for each of his three children.
Rumbletums was the brainchild of two parents who have kids at a special school in Bramcote – where Joseph also attends.