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Accounts Manager Stuart Pedlar took part in the Bristol Half Marathon and raised more than £700 for charity Designability – a cause very special to Stuart and his family.

Designability is a charity working to transform the lives of disabled people and those living with long term health conditions. One of its initiatives sees the charity offering a powered wheelchair, called a Whizzybug, for children under five.

Stuart’s four-year-old son Noah was born with Spina Bifida and is reliant on a wheelchair. He was given the use of a Whizzybug more than two years ago.

Stuart, who is based at the Barnstaple office, said: “Noah’s Whizzybug allows him to explore without us pushing him around in his manual wheelchair and do things that all four year olds do. Without Designability, Noah wouldn’t be able to have a chair like this, he can use it at school and it’s really opened up his world.

“I wanted to do something to say thank you to them.”

Although Stuart started the half marathon strongly, he was taken ill around the 15km mark and had to be taken off the course by ambulance.

Now fully recovered, he is planning to complete the half marathon in the coming weeks.

He said: “It didn’t go quite to plan, but I was thrilled with the amount of money that we raised for Designability.

“We had lots of support internally from our team here at Thomas Westcott, which I am so grateful for.”


To support Stuart’s fundraising, please visit his Just Giving Page.