Four employees working at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown are training for the Bournemouth Half Marathon.
They will be raising money for Autism Wessex.
General manager Simon Hallam, customer services assistant team leader Pauline Oxford, admin assistant Ellie Trickett and customer service assistant Ruby Johnson are running on Sunday October 7.
They?ll be joined by Pauline?s daughter, Claire, and husband, David, making a total of a team of six.
Simon Hallam commented: ?Our training is going well. Each team member is following their own dedicated training plan and enjoying challenge!
“Three members of our team have never run this distance before. They are enjoying the support of their colleagues to meet their weekly goals.?
Haskins Ferndown supporting Autism Wessex all year
The Ferndown garden centre is supporting Autism Wessex as its ?Charity of the Year? throughout 2018.
The centre aims to raise several thousands of pounds for the charity. They are also allowing space for Autism Wessex to host information and awareness evenings to raise donations.
Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK.
Thomas Johnston, fundraising manager at Autism Wessex, commented: ?We?d like to say a big thank you and good luck to Simon, Ellie, Pauline, Ruby, Claire and David for their marathon fundraising efforts.
“We?ve been blown away by the generosity of Haskins customers. The dedication of the team at Haskins to find different ways to support us in our landmark 50th year.
?It?s only with the support and fundraising of organisations like Haskins that we are able to provide specialist advice.?
Haskins in Ferndown has raised ?1,257 so far this year for Autism Wessex and raised 4,548.03 for Dorset Mind last year. Haskins nominates a different local charity each year.
The Bournemouth Half follows the Full Marathon route and takes in both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers along a coastal route.