John and Peter run for Martineau Gardens July 25, 2017

John Kingston and Peter Backhouse are running for Martineau Gardens in the Great Birmingham Run half-marathon on Sunday 15 October, 2017.
John Kingston is married to Miranda, the head of Martineau’s vegetable garden. He’ll be running for Martineau with Peter Backhouse, a full time carer for his wife, Lizz, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Peter has been a runner all his life, whereas John started running three years ago. John and Peter have started their training for the half-marathon and hope to come in below two hours.

Peter Backhouse and John Kingston, running for Martineau Gardens


Pictured on the right here, John explains why he is doing this for Martineau Gardens:

“I’m a keen gardener, but often have to work away from home  – when I’ve had a busy week, there’s nothing I like more than gardening, it’s a place where I can unwind, relax. For many of the volunteers who come to Martineau Gardens, gardening is much more than a hobby. I’m married to Miranda Kingston, a therapeutic horticulturalist at Martineau Gardens. Miranda works with lots of different groups at the Gardens, including young people with special needs. They benefit enormously from the time they spend here.”

There is a huge commitment of time, effort and mental determination for anyone who decides to participate in a long-distance run, such as the Great Run. Please support John and Peter in their efforts to run for Martineau Gardens and sponsor them.



 How You Can Sponsor John and Peter:

1) By donating online through LocalGiving which is totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Martineau Gardens and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. To donate on-line, please go to the fundraising page at Local Giving:

2) By posting a cheque to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

(Please make cheques payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’)


If you would like to know more about how Martineau Gardens helps vulnerable people and others, watch our film:

 Your support would make such a difference

Miranda Kingston, Therapeutic Horticulturalist, with freshly picked blackcurrants