By Matt Clark
Nutritionist Jamie Richards is raising money for SMASH Youth Project, the Swindon youth mentoring charity, by taking part in the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race.
Considered as the ‘toughest five-day mountain running race in the world’, the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race is a five-day adventure covering 300 kilometres and climbs of 16,000 metres through the wild, remote and mountainous terrain of Wales from north to south.
The SMASH Youth Project has been running for over 16 years, giving young people aged nine to 19 years the chance to become everything they can be through mentoring. Since 1999, the charity has helped over 1,000 young people transform their lives.
Jamie said: “I’ve always enjoyed getting involved with local charities and as my 50th birthday approaches, I wanted a challenge to celebrate this.
“My partner (Tracy Ellis) has been a SMASH mentor for some time and I’ve seen the fantastic direct impact that they have. We’ve set a deliberately high target of £30,000 over the next 10 months, that I hope reflects the huge effort that’s going into attempting a terrifying race like this, under the banner ‘Smash Your Goals’.
“But more importantly, we’d like to raise awareness of the tremendous benefits of mentoring within the local community, it’s such a rewarding experience.”
Sponsors Castles Residential Sales and Lettings, one of Swindon’s independent estate agents, recently handed over a cheque for £200, as part of a £1250 sponsorship, to Jamie as he took a break from training for the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race in May 2017.
Mark Noble, managing director of Castles, said: “SMASH Youth Project fills an enormous gap in the lives of vulnerable young people in Swindon. Where many institutions exclude these people, SMASH Youth Project is there showing belief in their potential and providing support and guidance.
“Their contribution – which they give freely – to these people is invaluable both for the individuals who benefit directly and the wider community. So, we’re delighted at Castles to support Jamie’s efforts and, by extension, SMASH Youth Project.”
To donate to Jamie Richards’ SMASH Youth Project fund, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamie-richards4