Review of 2021: Good news stories from Berkshire in October

Horris Hill pupils enjoyed performing at the new school theatre Following a year gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, many were hoping 2021 would be a fresh new start for us all. The year began with England entering its third national lockdown and legal limits on social contact only lifted on June 21.

On a local level, people have stepped up to the challenges and continued to support their communities. From fantastic fundraising and fabulous volunteers to achieving milestones and launching community initiatives, there has been much to celebrate in Berkshire this year. Today, we take a look at some of the good news stories that featured on InYourArea throughout October.

Ascot man took on the London Marathon in memory of his brother

Lee and Surrell Perry after the Brighton Marathon 2021.

Image: Brain Tumour Research.

A man who lost his brother to a brain tumour ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on October 3, along with his wife to help find a cure for the devastating disease. Lee, 52, and Surrell, 45, Perry, from Ascot, in Berkshire, ran for the charity Brain Tumour Research, and raised more than GBP8,000. It’s after Lee’s older brother Graham passed away aged 45, leaving his wife Wendy and two sons Nick, 23, and Neil 20.

To read the story in full, click here.

Berkshire firefighters ran the London Marathon in full kit for The Fire Fighters Charity

Review of 2021: Good news stories from Berkshire in OctoberRichard Green ran the London Marathon with four friends inside a mini fire engine.

Firefighters from across the UK ran the London Marathon in full fire kit to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity – with four friends even completing the challenge inside a mini fire engine. Joining thousands of runners on October 3, two firefighters ran in sync with two of their friends inside their homemade fire truck – after one of them was helped by the charity following two leg injuries. To read the story in full, click here.

Newbury school welcomed National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the International Newbury Spring Festival

Review of 2021: Good news stories from Berkshire in OctoberHorris Hill pupils enjoyed performing at the new school theatre

Horris Hill School in Newbury, in Berkshire, welcomed the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as part of the 43rd International Newbury Spring Festival.

The festival was renamed the ‘Autumn Festival’ after it was rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Playing host to the accomplished young musicians was Horris Hill’s purpose-built David Brownlow Theatre – a new state-of-the-art venue, and a spectacular facility in the heart of the school. To read the story in full, click here.

Reading woman took on Strictly dance challenge for deaf children

Review of 2021: Good news stories from Berkshire in OctoberLucy Coelho vowed to dance every day of the total 85-day run of Strictly Come Dancing.

Lucy Coelho, 38, from Reading, Berkshire, vowed to dance every day of the total 85-day run of Strictly Come Dancing to raise funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Lucy planned to clock up a minimum of 42.5 hours by dancing for at least 30 minutes each time. She was inspired to raise funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society because she was born profoundly deaf. To read the story in full, click here.

Fundraising success for Reading hospice’s star bakers

Review of 2021: Good news stories from Berkshire in OctoberCaversham Court Tea Kiosk volunteers in Reading

A group of volunteers who bake and sell cakes in aid of a local hospice were treated to a special celebration to thank them for their fundraising efforts.

The 21-strong team of volunteers, who live in Reading, Berkshire, and the surrounding areas, run the popular Tea Kiosk at Caversham Court Gardens for four days each month, selling teas, coffees, and their own delicious homemade cakes in aid of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. To read the story in full, click here. We want YOU to share and shout about what you are doing for your community.

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