Race is on for fundraiser

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A FA­THER from Ruis­lip is pre­par­ing to run a half marathon in aid of a chil­dren’s char­ity.

Mark Curtin is hop­ing to raise vi­tal funds for the NSPCC Child­Line Schools Ser­vice by tak­ing on the char­ity’s Mil­ton Keynes race on July 12.

Mr Curtin, who is chief pro­grammes of­fi­cer at ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Achieve­ment for All, said: “I have worked with chil­dren all my life, for char­i­ties and as a vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity.

“Am a fa­ther my­self I feel safe­guard­ing and child pro­tec­tion are the sin­gle most im­por­tant things in life to me.

“The ex­cel­lent work the NSPCC do in this vi­tal area en­cour­aged me to run this half marathon.”

Mr Curtin, 37, of Bo­leyn Drive, added: “It will also be great to re­turn to my lo­cal area where I grew up and to run with friends and fam­ily.”

The char­ity is urg­ing run­ners to sign up for its 17th an­nual 13.1-mile run, which starts from Web­ber In­de­pen­dent School, in Mil­ton Keynes, and trav­els through scenic routes along the new city’s red­ways, as well as the Grand Union Canal.

Over the last 16 years, the event has gen­er­ated more than £500,000 for the char­ity.

The race is be­ing spon­sored by com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Daw­songroup and Woodfines So­lic­i­tors.

To take part, visit www. nspcc.org.uk/ mil­ton­key­ne­shalf­marathon.

n CHAL­LENGE: Mark Curtin at a pre­vi­ous race. Pic­tured with his brother

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