Five-year-old boy takes on 100 miles for Rainbows

A five-year-old from Belper is taking on an epic challenge of running 100 miles for Rainbows.

Stanley Swift started his mammoth task last month and aims to complete his target by the end of August. He hopes to raise over £1,000 for our charity.

Stanley is running with his parents, Laura and Adam. Laura said: “Stanley decided he wanted to start running after being inspired when I completed my first marathon. He also wanted to help poorly children after seeing a TV programme. So, I suggested he combine the two and run for a charity. He had a look round and he loved the Rainbows website.

“We don’t go into the sad side of it but he understands that Rainbows makes it easier and nicer for poorly children who are going through difficult times, and as we are a very close family, he understands the importance of that.

“Stanley is a good little runner and always enjoys it. He is very active and we run every day, even to his swimming lessons and football sessions.

“We are very proud that he wants to do this and it is nice for children to learn how to do things for others.”

Nicola Richardson, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, added: “Stanley is such a superstar. He is taking on a huge challenge for his little legs, and on behalf of everyone at Rainbows, we wish him the best of luck. Our fundraisers, like Stanley, enable us to provide care and support to those who need it the most and we can’t thank him enough.”

To sponsor Stanley, visit