Winston Matthews, a chef and general manager in central London, wants to change the lives of people with disabilities and mental health needs for the better. On Sunday, he ran his third consecutive London Marathon for United Response.

But it doesn't stop there. On 10th August, Winston will be taking on the 100 mile cycle event Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. We talk to him about why he is taking on two epic challenges to raise money for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Running a busy hotel in the centre of London would be more than enough for some people. But Winston Matthews from Colnbrook, Berkshire, is also taking on two immense running and cycling challenges to raise money for United Response. Speaking about why he has chosen to run for the charity three years in a row, Winston said:

“Raising money for United Response really appealed to me. There are many charities that look after the very young and old, but very few that support people in between. I was particularly interested in the support that the charity provides for young disabled adults looking for employment.”

Winston is planning on visiting a United Response service in Richmond and holding a sensory taste session to encourage people we support there to think more carefully about what they eat as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a trained chef, Winston is interested in how food can be used to stimulate the senses; particularly for people with sensory impairments. He said:

“The great thing about food is you only need one of five senses to get some kind of enjoyment from it. I have found that getting people involved in the making of dishes helps to breakdown pre-conceived ideas about food and helps them enjoy it more. No one likes the smell or touch of raw salmon, for example, but everyone loves salmon fishcakes!”

On Sunday 13th April, Winston took part in the London Marathon, with a finish time of 4 hours and 36 minutes, raising a superb £1,500 for United Response in the process.

Most people would be looking forward to a well-earned rest after completing their third marathon, but Winston Matthews has other ideas. He will shortly start training for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a 100-mile cycle ride which follows the London Olympics 2012 route. Winston and his partner, Anna, will both be taking part in the event to raise funds for United Response. As a seasoned cyclist, Winston told us what appealed to him in particular about RideLondon:

“I was a cyclist before I was a runner - I have only been running the last three years. As a keen cyclist who competes regularly, to ride the Olympic route will be amazing, especially with all the roads being shut off!”

Winston was talking to Sarah Bartlett, head of press and appeals and Mark Schueler, fundraising officer.