Our Patron
After gaining a degree in Mathematics and audio technology and then a PGCE, I worked as a secondary school Mathematics teacher for 8 years and more recently I have worked for a National disabled childrens charity coordinating and delivering wheelchair skills training.

I have had Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular condition, from birth which means I have weak muscles and have never walked. I use a powerchair for mobility and need physical help with most tasks, despite this I lead and active life with my partner and two children.

In my free time I play Powerchair Football and for the last 3 seasons my team has finished top of the national premiership, with the help of my team mates I have been the top goal scorer for the last 2 seasons, scoring 48 goals this season. I also co founded our local powerchair football club in Middlesbrough and have an active role in the running of the club, coaching 4 different sessions per week for children & adults with a physical disability.

It's an honour to be asked to be patron of 'A Smile for a Child', a great little charity raising much needed funds to enable disabled children to have an active childhood just like any other child, by helping with some of the additional financial costs associated with adapted sport and recreation.

Children Helped

OliverOliver is just 3 years old and has Downs Syndrome. Last year he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Devastating for the family. My goal is to raise enough money for some much needed respite for the family to spend together




JacobJacob Whitehouse from Bournemouth, was diagnosed in OCT 2009 with a debilitating rare brain condition called Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. The family were told that Jacob had approx 2 years to live! Within a year of this illness it changed his life and that of his family





ZachZach has been diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy which is a rare terminal disease effecting his nervous system. On Xmas eve 2014 after numerous trips to hospital we were given the devastating news that Zach had a rare and terminal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy, also known as globoid cell Leukodystrophy. It is a rare genetic disorder of the nervous system that destroys the protective coating of nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system

Runs for 2015

A smile for a child would like to know if there are any Runs that you would be interested in, please get in touch with the charity via email, or calling Chris on the following number : 07904 448296

Great North Run

Great South Run

Great York Run

Great Birmingham Run

Charity Information

The Aims of the charity are to provide grants for disabled & disadvantaged children, to allow them to participate and progress in sport, this can be to a Club, an Organisation or to an individual child.

This could be funds for a sports wheelchair for a disabled child, to sports equipment for a club or organisation.

For more information send a email to the following address : asmileforachild@btinternet.com

Applications and requests need to be submitted on the form on the right. Please return the completed form to the following address;

Main Office

Mr. Chris Read.
31 Coronation Street,
Barnard Castle,
County Durham,
DL12 8DG.

Tel : 07904 448296

London Office

Mr. Hitesh Wadhwana
10 Allington Road,
NW4 3DJ.

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Quote by Forest Witcraft

"One hundred years from now, it will not matter
what my bank account was, how big my house
was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world
may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child."

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