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Interview on BBC radio Oxford

Have a listen to Bridget, a grandmother we have been supporting for nearly 2 years. Learn more about the work we do and understand a bit about what it is like to have a parent in prison. Interested in volunteering with us? Please get in... read more

Take a look at the art work submitted for the creative competition we held across schools and youth groups. The title was ‘What would it be like to have a parent in prison?’ There were so many great entries, including drawings judged by illustrator Korky Paul, short stories judged by author Danny Lee and photographs judged by British media executive Sue Douglas. The art work was on display in the Criminology department at Oxford University.

Creative competition ‘What would it be like to have a parent in... read more

And he’s off…Keep updated here!

RICHARD IS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THE TOUGHEST FOOTRACE ON EARTH!  If you want a good account on what the “toughest footrace on earth” is like, read this hilariously grim article by Fiona Oakes: http://www.towerhillstables.com/MdSreport2012.html . Alternatively, try watching the documentary on James Cracknell’s involvement at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Qak8e4vYA . KEEP UPDATED WITH HIS PROGRESS: EVENT The event website is at http://marathondessables.com/en/ . Note that this website has an unusual design: the main details are at the bottom of the page, including the index – make sure you scroll down. FUNDRAISING My fundraising page is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Richard.A.Taylor . Funds are being raised in aid of the charity ‘Children Heard And Seen’ – see:http://childrenheardandseen.co.uk/about-us/our-news/ . BACKGROUND The event calendar is here: http://www.marathondessables.com/en/competitor-s/mds-timing-2015/1102-mds-timing-2014-n5-gb-2.html …Essentially, I fly to Ouarzazate in Morocco on 3rd April, complete the event between 5th and 11th inclusive, and return on the 13th. My race entry is listed here: http://marathondessables.com/resultats/participants.php?epreuve_id=2015&langue=en&equipe=indifferente&dossard=&nom=taylor&prenom=richard&pays=TOUS&departement=&Submit=Send …I am participant # 507. You can also lookup other participants, such as Ranulph Fiennes (#271).  COMMUNICATIONS Message me, via the organisers website (messages are printed and passed to participants in their bivouacs). However, this service is only available once the race starts. To send a message, visit www.marathondesssables.com, then click on ‘Write to a competitor’ (or ‘Ecrire au concurrents’ in French), and fill in the form. You will need to quote my running number (507). Further details are available... read more

Richard’s interview

http://childrenheardandseen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150326-ChildrenHeardAndSeen-RadioOxford-KatOrman-RunningTheSahara.mp3 Richard had a parent in prison when he was a child and says the situation was difficult and confusing as a child which is why he is supporting our charity by completing the Boiling Point Challenge. He has completed the first part and is now about to take on the Marathon Des Sables, the toughest footrace on Earth. Please support him by donating on our virgin giving page. Have a listen to him being interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford (from 10 mins in), talking about his challenge and the issues he faced as a... read more

Boiling Point Challenge!

My name is Richard Taylor. I was born in London in the 1960s; typically Taurean. My early years were ordinary enough, although I don’t remember seeing much of my father. Then, when I was roughly 4 years old, he disappeared entirely. My mother said he was away at work. I started to save sixpences for a chocolate machine that kept appearing whenever we visited. Later, I discovered that the chocolate machine was located inside Wormwood Scrubs. Eventually, I was told that my father had been sent to prison, but only after he was released and in a very unclear way. Around the same time, I was shunted into a boarding school without warning. That was the final straw – I never really trusted my parents again. I found the poor communication particularly offensive. Children are very accepting until they sense that they have been lied to, and at that point they become just another victim of the original crime. Yet the solution is so simple – just be open and talk. Allow children to be forgiving by keeping them in the loop. In my case I was lucky enough to receive support from extended family, especially an uncle. If that had not been available, I feel certain that I would have generated headline news by now, for all the wrong reasons. Since that time, I have followed a varied career and currently specialise in Disaster Management, I am told I have a talent for anticipating events in challenging environments. When I discovered that Children Heard and Seen was being set up, I immediately recognised its value and offered to... read more