Runners face inflatable obstacle fundraising challenge

Autism Berkshire will have a big presence at the Newbury Inflatable 5k Run this weekend, thanks to Cindy Burke, who has got together a team to raise funds for us.

The line-up for Sunday, October 28, includes former work colleagues of Cindy and Anna Kempson and Wendy Keep, who are teachers from her son’s James’s former school, Holly Spring Infants in Bracknell, which also held a Wear Purple Day for its pupils to raise funds for us last Friday, October 19.

A picture of James enjoying a ride on a swing at one of our Family Fun Days at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground is featured on the side of the bus specially decorated by Reading Buses to mark our role as the company’s charity of the year for 2018.

Cindy said: “Taking part in the run sounded like a good idea back in January. Now it feels like a daunting task.” 

She is pictured top, centre, with James, some fellow team members and young supporters.

Teachers Anna Kempson and Wendy Keep are pictured right.

The runners will have to overcome a series of 15 giant inflatable obstacles set out along the course around the Newbury Showground, at Hermitage.

Click here to sponsor Cindy and the team online at their JustGiving page.

Also taking part in the Inflatable 5k Run – for the second year running – is keen athlete David Blackburne, a member of our Bracknell adult social group, who is raising funds to support the group’s activities. 

David has completed a number of sponsored runs to raise money for Autism Berkshire’s activities in recent years, with the Bracknell CAYP Youth Group also benefiting from his efforts. David is pictured, right.

  • If you are thinking about raising money for Autism Berkshire, whether through a fundraising challenge like the inflatable run, or just holding a coffee morning, you can get more information from our fundraising brochure – click here to download it – or call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email