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David ran marathon in memory of mum

Bangor resident David Dunn is putting his feet up after completing the 2011 Virgin London Marathon and raising much needed funds for the NSPCC’s ChildLine service in the process.

David, who completed the event in around five hours, said: “This was the first time I have run a marathon. My mum used to organise coffee mornings to raise money for the NSPCC, she died last year, so I decided to run the London marathon in her |memory.

”During the marathon the support from the crowd was amazing. When it was starting to get tough someone would yell out my name which gave me a huge boost — it was brilliant.

“Reaching the finish line was a relief but it also gave me a real sense of achievement. I would like to thank everyone from Bangor who supported me with my fundraising and also the NSPCC for their support.”

It is hoped that participants who supported the NSPCC in the marathon will have raised up to £1m for ChildLine, the UK’s free, 24-hour helpline and website for children in danger or distress.

Karen Walker, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to David for running the marathon in support of the NSPCC. Taking part in a marathon is no easy task and takes a great deal of stamina and commitment.

“Sadly, there are children and young people across Northern Ireland who do not have a happy childhood. They can experience a range of problems, from neglect to serious sexual abuse.

“Some have the bravery to speak out, others suffer in silence. We want to make sure we are there for them, whenever and wherever they need us. We can only do that with your support. By taking part in events like the London or Belfast City Marathon local people can play their part in helping us to put an end to cruelty to children.”

Anyone interested in supporting local NSPCC events should contact the local fundraising team on 028 9035 7970 or email northernirelandappeals@nspcc.org.uk.

Belfast Telegraph