Noah runs to help the homeless
Noah Martin, right, with his brother Reuben, who rode alongside him as he ran his 50km challenge
NOAH Martin needed something to keep himself fit through lockdown, and also wanted to make a difference.
So the nine-year-old Bromley Heath Junior School pupil embarked on a challenge to run 50km in a month, inviting family and friends to sponsor him to raise money to help homeless people.
Noah’s challenge caught the imagination of more than 100 supporters, who donated £1,500 between them for charity Help Bristol’s Homeless.
Noah, who lives in Downend, had started to run in January after the latest lockdown meant he was no longer able to train with his football club, Bromley Heath United.
Keen to ensure he returned to training in top shape, the Liverpool and Bristol Rovers fan joined mum Anna on some of her runs.
Once he started his challenge, Noah’s brother Reuben, 7, joined him on his bike as he did 11 runs around Downend, Moorend and Page Park.
Anna said Noah had carried on running through some of the most “horrendous” cold and wet weather the British winter could throw at him.
She said: “The sponsorship really spurred him on."
Dad Tim said Noah had raised money for homelessness charities in the past and was inspired by the Help Bristol’s Homeless project to create micro flats out of shipping containers at its base in Bedminster, to give homeless people stable temporary accommodation while they find a permanent place to live.
Noah said: “I’ve always wanted to help the homeless because I feel sad for them because they don’t have a house to live in.”
He said he was proud of the amount raised to help the charity provide homes for people and added: “It was good for me too because I’ll be fitter than everyone else when we go back to football!”
Tim said: “Noah has been blown away by the support and generosity of the local community especially his friends at Bromley Heath Junior School. I am probably biased as I am a very proud father, but he has said on numerous occasions he just wants to make a difference.”
Noah’s fundraising page can be found at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anna-martin-511.