Belfast lecturer Michael Dunn from Belfast logged out of work to run the Dublin marathon in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland recently.
Michael, who works for the Belfast Metropolitan College as a lecturer in eBusiness, said he had been prompted to support the charity’s work after seeing an advert on TV. “This is my first marathon and although I found it extremely challenging it will not be my last,” he added.
“The work of the NSPCC in Northern Ireland is vital to local children and their families and I wanted to do something to support this work. I managed to raise over £800 and this is due to the generosity of the staff and students from Belfast Metropolitan College. I am extremely grateful for their support and encouragement.
“I just wanted to make a difference to the lives of even one child and the money raised from the marathon will hopefully help to do that.”
The NSPCC runs services in Northern Ireland that focus on the most acute forms of abuse and the most vulnerable, highest risk children. These services include treatment for children who have experienced abuse, as well as support for those who have been exposed to domestic violence. The NSPCC also provides support for looked after children and help for young witnesses who have to go through the trauma of giving evidence in criminal trials.
Christine Hall, NSPCC community fundraising executive said: “We are extremely grateful to Michael. Taking part in a marathon is no easy task and it is fantastic that he had the support of his students and colleagues. All the money raised by Michael will help us to ensure that children and young people are better informed, better cared for and better protected.”
To find out how you can help visit www.nspcc.org.uk or call 9035 7970