THREE members of staff from the homeless charity Threshold have set themselves the challenge of running 12 half marathons this year in memory of one of their bosses.

Paul Kyson, Ryan Beauchamp, 20, and Nathan Bown, 28, will start their first challenge in February when they take on the Wokingham Half Marathon – raising money for the Great Western Hospital’s Brighter Futures appeal and Threshold – in tribute to operations director Phil Smith who died last year aged 61.

“Last year our operations director Phil Smith passed away from cancer and prior to him passing he was doing what he could to raise money for the radiotherapy appeal for Brighter Futures,” said Paul, 38, who works in resettlement for those suffering from substance abuse.

“He was a pivotal figure in my life, not just through employment but when I was a resident and so I wanted to do something in his memory, raising money for the two charities he was passionate about.

“We are going to do 12 half marathons throughout the year and we want to raise as much money as possible.”

Paul has already completed the Swindon Half Marathon three times, with his best time being two hours 13 minutes, as well as competing in the Grand Pier Half Marathon in Weston-Super-Mare.

While Ryan, an outreach worker, and Nathan, who helps with resettlement at Culvery Court have also both completed the Swindon Half Marathon.

Paul added: “I’m excited but nervous at the moment, taking on 12 in short space of time will be hard work but I am looking forward to it and it will test my willpower.”

The money will be split between both charities. To donate search for Threshold on or call the charity on 01793 524661.