Boy takes on running challenge on 8th birthday for Rainbows

A keen runner will be taking on the Derby 3K on his 8th birthday to raise money for our charity.

Seven-year-old Dexter Williams became a fan of running during lockdown and set his sights on completing a challenge.

Having previously watched his mum, Sian, run in the Derby 10K, Dexter earmarked the fun run – which takes place after the 10k on Sunday 10 April.

Described as a caring boy, Dexter decided to cash in on his kilometres and raise sponsorship money for our charity.

Dexter is doing the event with his mum and will be cheered on by Dad, Tom, and three-year-old brother Jasper. Sian said: “We are really proud of him for wanting to do this. He found running during lockdown and he has built on that. He is very caring and mindful and loves to help others.”

Sian (33) is the Assistant Accountant at Ferrari dealer Graypaul Nottingham, who supported us last year in running the Robin Hood Half Marathon with two other team members. She added: “Dexter knows of Rainbows because of my previous fund raising for them. We said he could choose any charity and he chose Rainbows. Dexter knows Rainbows looks after lots of children who need lots of extra help and support.”

After the run, Dexter will celebrate his birthday with lunch, and no doubt treats, with his family.

Kirsty Coxon, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, added: “Dexter is a little superstar and everyone at Rainbows is so grateful for him for taking on this amazing challenge on his special day. Thanks to fundraisers like Dexter, we can provide our valuable services to the children who need us the most. We wish Dexter all the luck for the 3k as well as a very happy birthday.”

To sponsor Dexter, visit