How I first discovered Reaching the Unreached is lost in the mists of time. I remember being inspired by the work of this organisation from the first, seeing how people's lives were transformed by a genuine recognition of their needs. Brother James always stood out as a beacon of hope, a living sign of faith in the power of action when the needs appear to be overwhelming.

In 2009 I ran the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in aid of Reaching the Unreached. It was my first marathon, and my belief in the value of my fundraising got me round the course! Ten years on, it's time to run again for RTU. This time it'll be the Cambridge Boundary Run on 10th March 2019, a partly off-road marathon conveniently located within striking distance of my parents' house.

The difference is that this time I will know for sure that every penny raised will be put to good use. In early 2017 I joined a supporters' trip to Reaching the Unreached, and spent an unforgettable week staying in Anbu Illam Children's Village and visiting many of RTU's projects. This was when I saw empowerment, respect and care in practice.

The highlight of my visit was meeting Brother James. I feel tremendously privileged to have shared some moments with this very special man. I will be running the marathon in memory of him, and with gratitude for his life's work.

There are so many more people who would benefit from RTU's support. Please donate generously!

Isabel Hill