Maxine Hemmings

Jonathan Scowen, Joe Kelly, and Maxine Hemmings are running the Birmingham International Marathon, and Rachel Hunt is running the Birmingham Half marathon for Mates 'n' Dates, a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities.

Mates 'n' Dates was one of the first projects of its kind when it was started by Chris Jones 10 years ago in October 2007. It helps people get out and about and meet new people, and hopefully find 'that special someone'. Having opportunities to do this is not always easy for adults with Learning Disabilities:
- 1 in 4 report having no friends and/or feeling lonely every day;
- 40% reporting seeing friends regularly compared to 92% of the general adult population
- only 3% live as a couple, compared to 70% of the general adult population.

In 10 years we have introduced 4 couples together who are now married, and many more friendships and relationships have blossomed.

Please help us to be able to continue the good work the project does, and help us reach the £5000 target for fundraising we need to continue this year.

And please spur the runners on to train for this 26.2 and 13.1 mile challenge!

Maxine Hemmings