Personal trainer raises over £300 on Christmas Day for charity tackling loneliness

On Christmas Day, personal trainer Tim Nokes ran 15 miles in London to raise money for WaveLength. WaveLength, a national charity based on the High Street in Hornchurch, gives televisions, radios, and tablets to people who can’t afford them, to help fight loneliness. The people who WaveLength support are lonely because of age, illness or disability, or by circumstances which make it hard for them to leave the house or meet new people. 

Tim Nokes, who splits his time between Bournemouth and London, said:

“I find Christmas a very hard time of year. I spent a lot of time on my own. This year I wanted to use that feeling to change my situation and embrace being on my own and turn it into a positive to help people far less fortunate than I am. I have always been into fitness and have used it to treat my own mental health problems. I decided on the idea of running on Christmas Day and raising money for a worthwhile cause. Putting off my Christmas dinner for a few hours seemed like the least I could do.

As this was about fighting my own loneliness, I decided it would be great to find a charity that worked against loneliness and its devastating effects. I found WaveLength. I instantly loved what they stood for, connecting people through technology. This was something I continue to use in my own life, social media is a great tool for connecting with people all over the world and it has certainly helped me form new friendships and support groups.”

Tim Leech, CEO of WaveLength said:

“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Tim Nokes for running 15 miles for WaveLength on Christmas Day. We know that Christmas can be a challenging time for people, so it’s fantastic to see Tim using his experiences to take positive action. Tim’s donations will allow WaveLength to continue giving technology to people who are lonely across the UK.”

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the gift of technology, and to find out more about WaveLength’s work, visit: www.wavelength.org.uk

To support Tim Noke’s Just Giving page, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-nokes1