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Marathon effort to reach PATT million-tree global goal


UK runner Robert Wells is ‘sprinting’ in to help the PATT (Plant-A-Tree-Today) Foundation raise money to reforest the planet and support its work with poor communities. The 36-year-old lives in the same City as charity founder Andrew Steel – who now lives and works in Thailand but was originally from Hull. Now Robert, a company Director of Lowgate Garage, has pledged to raise much-needed cash by running the gruelling Edinburgh Marathon in 2011.

He told the PATT newsletter that he was determined to raise at least £1,000 towards helping the Foundation reach its goal of planting one million trees in just one year. He also hopes the run will help the charity raise the profile of the United Nations Year of the Forest. Robert explained that, with his ‘PATT Champion’ wife and fellow director Emma, their garage already plants a tree for every car MOT [a special test for vehicles to make sure they are safe in the UK]. “I only finished playing Rugby Union last season and needed something to strive for so I started running,” Robert said. “I did the Great North Run last year for the Red Cross. And as I wanted to do a marathon – my lovely wife Emma thought it would be great to run for PATT. “So as it’s the year of the forest – please sponsor me and together we can make a world of difference.”

Praising Robert’s marathon efforts, Managing Director of PATT Andrew said he was delighted at the growing level of support coming from Hull. He added: “I have always believed by raising awareness of the challenges we face, we can encourage businesses – and decision-makers – to take action. “However, this can only happen if individuals like Robert and his family come forward and demonstrate everyone has a role to play in building a better future.” If you would like to support Robert meet his global goal, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Wells now to donate.