A chartered financial adviser from Doncaster is set to take on a big running challenge in a bid to raise money for Communication Specialist College Doncaster.

Nigel Smith, aged 52, from Edenthorpe, is taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds to help young people who are Deaf or have communication difficulties.

Nigel said: “I’m really looking forward to taking on this challenge. This will be my first time in the Great North Run, so this is really exciting.

“I have good friends Stacey and Phil Betts and Stacey works at the college, their daughter Megan, is Deaf and she attends the college. I really admire the work the college does for young people in particular.

“I have another very close friend whose son is autistic and has also benefited from the college activities. 

“I wanted to raise money for a local cause and the college, run by Doncaster Deaf Trust, seems to be a great fit.”

Nigel, who is a Director at Hawsons Wealth Management Limited, a firm of independent Financial Advisers based in Doncaster, Sheffield and Northampton, will take part in the race on Sunday 9 September.

Local businessman Ashley Ibbotson from Agency Signs Direct in Doncaster has sponsored Nigel’s running shirt so that he can proudly display the Communication Specialist College logo as he takes part in the run.

Stacey Betts, from Communication Specialist College Doncaster, said: “We’ve been family friends with Nigel for many years and we are thrilled that he is taking on this challenge to help to raise money for our students.

“We wish him a great run and hope that he gets lots of support in his fundraising efforts.”

To sponsor Nigel visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk/fundraisers/nigels-fundraising-page