An 11-year-old boy has raised almost £1,000 for a homelessness charity after undertaking a 10 kilometre run.

Matthew Foggoa, 11, of Thames Road, Langley, ran a 10k course around Dorney Lake on Tuesday, collecting £943 for SHOC (Slough Homeless Our Concern) upon crossing the finish line.

Matthew, who attends Burnham Grammar School, completed the course in an impressive 44 minutes and 30 seconds.

Matthew said he'd decided to undertake the challenge because: "I was sad when I saw the homeless people, and saw they had no food, so I wanted to get some food for them.

"I've trained before with a 5k and a 8k, but I've not done a 10k before."

Matthew has more than quadrupled his original fundraising goal of £200. Speaking about this accomplishment, he said: "It's good, because it means more people will get food and homes. I'm hoping I get to £1,000."

Matthew's mother, Nicki, said: "We have been in contact with SHOC and they are very supportive of Matthew’s run and thrilled with the amount he has raised. I am very proud of what he is doing."

The run was undertaken on the breezy Tuesday afternoon, with Mrs Foggoa supporting him around the route on bicycle.

Crossing the finish line at the western end of Dorney Lake, Matthew was received by a group of supportive family members. He then went on to visit SHOC on Thursday be personally thanked by Mandy McGuire, the head of the homelessness charity.

Vicky Cheesman, Welfare Coach for SHOC, said: "It's absolutely amazing – to think an 11-year-old in this day and age cares so much about the homeless is just incredible.

"As a small charity we are always in desperate need of donations, so we are very grateful. I've walked that route and that was bad enough, but to run it is spectacular."