Writer plans 100-mile run for PET
27 Feb 2018
A writer and education specialist is taking on an epic ten-day run to raise much-needed funds for Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Dr Lewis Owens’ route will take him between his home town of Ruislip, West London, and Canterbury, via six churches named after St Martin the patron saint of the poor, homeless and disadvantaged.
“Prison education is a cause St Martin himself, a great champion of the poor and imprisoned, would have appreciated greatly. I wanted to support PET because I think the work the charity does is so important – it provides people with a lifeline, and doesn’t give up on people.”
Lewis, 44, who now runs an education consultancy, came to higher education learning at a later age. He struggled to engage with school and left with no A Levels, but later returned to higher education and was awarded a PhD from Cambridge University. This background, says Lewis, also informs his interest in PET.
“Like many teenagers, I rebelled at school and as a result failed my A-levels, but fortunately I managed to get my education back on track subsequently. But despite being successful, I want people to know I have struggled initially, particularly people who are struggling now in the prison system.”
Lewis now volunteers at HMP Pentonville in the chaplaincy and he will also shortly start mentoring young prisoners at HMYOI Feltham.
He will begin his challenge event on Friday 23rd March, from St Martin’s Church, Ruislip and will end up, ten days later, on Easter Sunday, at St Martin’s Church, Canterbury. En route he will be stopping at churches dedicated to St Martin at Trafalgar Square in London; Chelsfield, Eynsford and Detling in Kent.
The total distance covered will be around 100 miles and his aim is to raise £10,000. The fundraising comes at a time of particular need for PET, as we fight to meet record demand for courses. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lewis-owens8
If you are interested in running any portion of the event with Lewis, or joining a PET cheering party, please contact Anthony.
Dr Lewis Owens' route