The managing director of one of the region’s most prestigious housebuilders is swapping his suit for running shorts to help raise cash for a special charity with a team of colleagues.

Charles Church South Midlands’ boss Richard Oldroyd will lead a nine-man team from the company taking part in the Stratford Big 10K run to boost funds for the Acorns children’s hospice.

Richard and colleagues Alison Reading, Joe Turner, Pete Walker, Fiona Breslin, Sue Farran, Vicky Norris, Richard Price and Amanda Rogers, hope to raise more than £2,000 for the charity by completing the run on September 8.

Richard said the group was already in training and pledges of sponsorship were starting to flood in.

“This is an incredibly worthwhile cause that desperately needs our support and we want to do everything we can to raise as much money for it as possible,” said Richard.

“We are all training as hard as possible and looking forward to what should be a really fantastic day. I am sure there will be times during the training and the run itself when we wonder what we are doing, but the knowledge that we are helping fund such an important charity will help drive us on.”

The team has set up a Just Giving page where donations can be made securely online by clicking here.

Donations can also be sent by texting CCSM99 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.

Acorns Children’s Hospice offers a network of care and support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families across the heart of England.

Acorns have three hospices, situated in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester as well as a Community Team that offer support to families in their homes. It costs £750 per day for each child’s care and Acorns relies on the community to fund over 70 per cent of its activities.

Charles Church has established an enviable reputation for building high-quality homes to suit all lifestyles in both rural and city centre locations. Its homes encompass traditional designs reflecting the prevailing local architecture, but also embrace contemporary and exciting architectural styles.

For more information on their developments click here.