Charity Partners

We encourage all charities to get involved with the Reading Half Marathon. Whether you are a local or national charity, being part of this event will give your charity fantastic exposure whilst encouraging our runners to raise thousands of pounds for your great cause. Our objective is to transform the amount raised through these events for our Charity partners. There are five levels of Charity partnerships available, designed to suit all Charities, big or small.

If you are interested in being an official charity partner please email:

We are proud to support and work with our 2020 partner and local charities below.
Please support these great causes by fundraising for them as they support the race.

Platinum Charity Partner

Sue Ryder Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that's a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – we're there when it matters.

For over 65 years our doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can. We take the time to understand what's important to people and give them choice and control over their care. For some this may mean specialist care in one of our centres, whilst others might need support in their own home.

Silver Charity Partner

Babies in Buscot (BIBs) Babies in Buscot (BIBs)

Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) help to give sick and premature newborns at the Royal Berkshire Hospital the best possible start in life. Every penny helps save tiny lives, and support families when they need it most.

In 2018 our team raised enough to purchase a brand new incubator!

Join 'Team BIBS' today by emailing – you will receive a FREE running vest plus the most incredible, personalised support through your training, on race day & beyond.

Bronze Charity Partner

Thrive Thrive

We use gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Gardening is a wonderfully flexible medium that can transform lives and Thrive sees first-hand how gardening can help everyone, regardless of age or disability.

Local Charity Partners

First Days Creating Better Futures

We're a Christian-led charity helping children, many orphaned as a result of AIDS, and their guardians in the Domboshowa and Mutare regions of Zimbabwe. Two generations of the Matondo family, Beverley Matondo (Founder, CBF Zimbabwe) and her daughter, Dorothy Dix (Founder & CEO, CBF UK) benefited hugely when Dorothy's education was paid for by a Rotarian sponsor. Our aim is to ensure other children have access to education and the opportunity to improve their own futures.

First Days First Days

With 25% of children in Berkshire classed as living in relative poverty, First Days works with professional services to ensure that these children have access to the everyday essentials they need. Families need our help for various reasons, including ill health, domestic violence, employment problems, housing issues or refugee status to name a few – we help by supplying everything from nappies, toiletries and beds to toys, pushchairs and school uniforms.


Home Start Home-Start Reading

Home-Start Reading is a professionally run, secular family support charity that has been helping local families for 34 years. We offer our service to families of any religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background. We aim to help prevent family crisis and emphasise the pleasures of family life.

We recruit and train volunteers to provide free face-to-face support to local families who are under stress. We help parents grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and the community.

Launchpad Launchpad

Launchpad is Reading's leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.

Founded as a soup kitchen in 1979 by students at the University of Reading, the charity now provides a holistic service to help vulnerable people in the town tackle their housing-related problems, obtain and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives.


Me2 Club Me2 Club

Me2 Club supports children with disabilities/additional needs, enabling them to feel included within mainstream leisure activities. Our children have complex needs and struggle to join in.

To overcome this, we recruit and train volunteer 'buddies' who befriend each individual child. With our help children can enjoy a wide range of fun activities including sports clubs, uniform groups, 'Days and Weekends Away', giving chances to build independence and vital life skills.

St Mungo's St Mungo's

At St Mungo's we provide a bed and support to more than 2,800 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.

We believe no one should be homeless and that people can – and do – recover from the issues that create homelessness.

We support men and women through more than 300 projects including emergency, hostel and supportive housing projects, advice services and specialist physical health, mental health, skills and work services.

We are here to end homelessness and rebuild lives.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Bringing the A&E to the roadside

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is at the frontline of saving lives giving you the best chance when the worst happens. Within minutes, we bring the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to you. Supporters play a vital role in our team. Because of people like you, our crew can deliver advanced medical care to people in an emergency. Your generous support delivers advanced care to people in a medical emergency night and day, 365 days a year.

Contact for more information.