A KIND-HEARTED couple have smashed their target and managed to raise more than £700 for the Age Concern Day Centre in Twyford after running in the recent Reading Half Marathon.

Kirsty and Chris Payne set a target of £500 prior to the run,

Kirsty, who works for homecare company Right at Home, has got to know the team and the members of the day centre in the centre of Twyford over the last year, as she and her colleagues regularly help out at busy times.

Kirsty said: "I am really proud that so many people sponsored Chris and me for this year’s Reading Half-marathon.

"We’d set a target of £500 so to manage to raise well over £700 was amazing and of course, it’s all going to such a great cause.

"Thank you to everyone who sponsored us!”

Inspired by their success, the couple are already planning to run more events next year and raise even more money for charity.

Having counted the total amount raised, they paid a surprise visit to the day centre and presented the total amount raised to the Age Concern Day Centre management team of Debs Heffernan and Ekin Brigden.

Debs said: “This is an amazing effort by a wonderful couple – we are truly grateful.

"We now have the enjoyable task of deciding how to spend the money to make the day centre even more comfortable and welcoming for our lovely members.

"Thanks Kirsty and Chris – what a team!”