Regan Brentnall, 6, from Brimington, was inspired after his mum Natalie took part in Ashgate Hospices’ Sparkle Walk.

“Regan wanted to do something for charity the way I did. We found Big Fun Run which seemed perfect for Regan and also meant his little sister Kennedy could join in too” Mum Natalie explained.

Regan has autism and is fundraising to raise money for the National Autistic Society by taking part in the 5K Big Fun Run at Markeaton Park on Saturday 11th August.

Big Fun Run attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about participants having fun and raising funds for a charity close to their heart.

“Regan doesn’t know what autism is and he also doesn’t know that he has autism. It’s never been the right time to tell him because he wouldn’t have understood” Natalie said.

The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

After a friend mentioned Regan’s autism to him whilst playing a game, Natalie realised she had to find a way to discuss his condition with him in a way Regan could relate to and process.

“Him raising money for National Autistic Society at Big Fun Run is our way of helping him understand. He’s learning about the people he’s supporting and as the money he is raising is increasing, he’s getting more excited about helping these special people with Autism” Natalie said.

“When the time is right, we can tell him that he is one of those special, unique, kind, caring and different people”.

Regan’s autism impacts his daily life in a number of ways including his speech and relationships with friends.

“He can now speak perfectly but he struggles to communicate as effectively as other children his age. He also struggles to attach meaning to most things in his vocabulary and gets into conflict with his friends because of this which gets him worked up and frustrated” Natalie said.

“Every single person on the spectrum is different in their own unique and magical way and I want the ability to teach him that”.

“Regan is so sweet and kind and sees the good in everybody. He’s always giving us [his family] reasons to be proud of him and the fact he is doing this is another.”

“Hopefully after we complete this journey finding out he also has autism isn’t something he is confused by and instead is something he can celebrate!”.

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2018. To find out more about the 2018 Series and find events near you, visit www.bigfunrun.com.

To read more about Regan’s story and support his fundraising, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/regan-kennedydothebigfunrun