Children’s charity appeals for runners

MARATHON runners in the north east have until the end of the week to apply for a place to run in London for the NSPCC.

Paul Richardson of Whitley Bay has already booked his place and is urging other runners to do the same, to help support the services of the children’s charity.

Social worker, Paul, 37, said: “In my profession working in Children’s Services at North Tyneside Council, I have seen the positive impact the therapeutic work that the NSPCC offers and how much this helps looked after children, adopted children and those people who adopt in the North East.

“Lives are really being transformed thanks this vital work.

“When I saw that the NSPCC had places, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to apply – supporting such a worthwhile cause has really spurred me on in my training.”

To find out more about Paul or to sponsor him, visit

Ben Margetts, NSPCC community fundraising manager for the North East, added: “Each year, thousands of people from across the UK come together to be part of the NSPCC’s London Marathon team, raising vital funds to help protect vulnerable children across the UK and the Channel Islands.

“We couldn’t continue to provide our services which are a lifeline to many children without the support of people like Paul, we wish him luck with his training and the race day itself and would appeal to others with a place in the event to run for the NSPCC.”

The deadline for NSPCC charity places closes on, 8 February, however anyone who has secured their own place in the marathon and would like to support the NSPCC has until, 21 April, to register with the charity.

Any runners who have a place in the London Marathon on 21 April 2013 and would like to find out more about running for the NSPCC, should call the events team on 0844 892 1119 or email or visit