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Newbury man's 'purple army' raise £33,000

Reading Half Marathon run in aid of canine charity

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Newbury man's 'purple army' raise £33,000

A Newbury man and his ‘purple army’ have raised £33,000 for a canine charity after running the Reading Half Marathon.

Nick Poole, aged 58 – who has raised more than £230,000 for the charity in the last six years – and his team of 130 runners – known as the ‘purple army’ – raised the money for Canine Partners.

The charity organises the training of dogs to help people with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible, including opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons and emergency response. The dogs increase independence, confidence and provide companionship.

Mr Poole completed his fifth Reading Half Marathon on March 22, adding to the money he and his colleagues from the Bracknell-based company, 3M, have donated to the charity.

He described it as an ‘amazing day’ and said it was ‘a dream come true.’

He added: “Everybody completed the half marathon and I’m so proud of every single member of our team – they made it happen and raised so much money.”

The sales and development manager for 3M also organised for a team of 15 colleagues to run the same distance as the Reading Half Marathon around the streets of Dubai.

The charity receives no Government funding and is reliant on donations. “Every penny that is raised will go towards training our assistance dogs and transforming the lives of those with physical disabilities,” said Mr Cook.

To make a donation to the charity, visit, or contact Canine Partners on (01730) 716013.

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