The Archdeacon of Sudbury is setting himself a marathon challenge next year by competing in 10 ten kilometre races to raise funds for the National Autistic Society.
Dr David Jenkins from Great Whelnetham has a personal experience with the condition as his son Ben has Asperger Syndrome.
A member of the Bury Pacers the archdeacon is joined by colleagues from the diocese and Paul Jones a member of staff at Great Whelnetham Primary School.
Dr Jenkins will run in various locations including Wymondham, Framlingham, Dedham, Newmarket, Hadleigh, Bungay, Brandon and Colchester. He will also be taking part in a 10k event while on holiday on the Isle of Mull in August.
Dr Jenkins said: “My lovely sone Ben is autistic and a real gift from God although an occasionally challenging one!
“My family has been very grateful for support from Autism Suffolk and I am very committed to repaying some of their kindness.
“Autism is one of those misunderstood conditions and I am very keen to raise its profile for those who have autistic children, and the joys and sorrowsa this brings.
“If I can additionally raise thousands of pounds to help other families by taking part in racing through 2014, and running is a real love of mine, then I will get a lot of pleasure from this too.”
Rachel Field, spokeswoman for Autism Suffolk, said: “Our main grant is from Suffolk County Council and it is being halved from Aoril 2014, and then will decrease year on year until it finishes completely in 2017.
“We are therefore soon to be very reliant on fund-raising like David’s so that we can continue to provide all our services to families.”
The St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese offices will also be raising funds for the charity during the year.
To support Dr Jenkins you can donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidJenkins9