Reading Roadrunners' Charity of The Year 2018
No5 Counselling

Charity Coordinator, Kerry Eastwood:
JustGiving Page


Who we are
No5 has been supporting children and young people in Reading and the surrounding area since 1971. We are a community- based organisation with all counselling sessions provided by fully trained volunteer counsellors. There are currently 28 counsellors offering over 80 sessions, five days a week. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds but all share a commitment to supporting children and young people.

Formally No5 is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission (No. 1171313).

Our Purpose, Vision, Outcomes and Values have all been developed in consultation with young people

What we do
To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to children and young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

No5 offers confidential listening to support children and young people and those around them, through our free counselling service for those aged 10-25 in the Reading area.  Also a paid adult counselling service by donation.

We also run an outreach program which includes counselling sessions in local schools, and our Young Ambassador scheme through which we support and train young people to deliver talks, workshops and events directly to their peers.

Calendar of Fundraising & Charity Events updated 14/3/2018

For further details please contact Kerry

  • April - Sweepstake of Hannah’s Inaugural Marathon Finish Time.
    The Spring Do.
  • May - Peter Higg’s Naked Naturist Foundation 5k Run.
    Shinfield 10k & Junior events.
    6th Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield.
  • June - Kerry & Trisha’s Mad 100km Cotswold Way Challenge.
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • July- Sev’s Super London 100 cycle
    Dinton Relays
    BBQ & Guess the Weight of the Cake
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • August - Dragon Boat Racing & Games
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • September - Mortimer 10k
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • October
  • November - Halloween Party TBC (possible Jolly Anglers)
  • December - Christmas Do
  • January
  • February - Bramley 20/10

It all began back in 1989 when a Club member needed the services of a baby incubator at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The Club responded by raising cash for an additional incubator. Over the years we have collected for a variety of causes, such as Macmillan Cancer Care, The National Autistic Society, The National Society for Epilepsy and more recently the Stroke Association. Twenty years later - in 2009 – we passed the £400K mark, a record of which we are justly proud.

How do we do it?
Simple: We never let slip a chance to raise a few quid! The sources of income are diverse. Prospect Park car boot sales alone have brought in many, many, many thousands of pounds over the years.  Races organised by the Club – Mortimer, Shinfield and Bramley – are also major earners. Since the Club is non-profit making it donates any surplus it makes.

Individual sponsorships account for a sizable chunk of the total. Carrying buckets round races, in particular the Reading Half, and organising refreshments is likewise lucrative, accounting for several grand.

However, as they say, every little helps, and often an impromptu quiz or game of skittles will bring in some extra cash...

As said, it all adds up! In Charity History you can find a snapshot of the past 20+ years fund raising, as well as – coming soon! – a detailed breakdown of this year’s accounts


  1. shattered that car boot unable to continue. did you ask the scouts or air cadets etc they always turn up around our area for similar? I have loads of stuff; after paying in advance for the season as downsizing home,local LIONS suddenly cancelled mid summer ? why? if you are adamant on not doing prospect park can you recommend any other venue, hope you reply, here or 07934911027.

    • Hi Rita,

      I am the new Charity Coordinator for 2018 and the Charity No5 Counselling. I am hoping to continue the car boot sales but at the Reading Showground Venue on the A33, These occur every Sunday, I am thinking of having a stall or two once a month so any donations would be greatly received. I am just awaiting confirmation.

  2. Hi Rita

    For quite a few years we’ve had many of our older members who kindly turned up week in week out to set up and run the car boot sale. After a while many of them have decided to call it a day as they couldn’t get any helpers or any more volunteers from the club. Most of them aren’t on email or facebook so difficult to get in touch with them.
    Personally I don’t know of any othere car boot sales in the area.

  3. Hi there we are doing a charity school car boot on 24th march 2018 at Westwood farm school ..tilehurst if you are interested. We have a website too . I agree It is difficult getting volunteers !!…

  4. Hi

    Sad news about RR not doing a boot sale any more but just a side note for those of you who are reading this, Grieving Parents Support group are still running a boot sale on this site on Saturdays. See website for more info.

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