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Barry Graham completes USA fundraising marathon

clip_image002We are delighted (and also rather relieved!) to report that Kingdom Director Barry Graham (on the left in the first photo) has successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC which he took part in to raise money to help a local primary school. The 26.2 mile run took place on the 30th October 2016.

Barry was aiming to complete the marathon in less than four hours, and was successful in that goal, crossing the finish line at 3 hours and 57 minutes on what Barry described as a “freakishly hot day in DC for the time of year (25 degrees Celsius)!

Barry is a former Royal Marine who left the forces 16 years ago, and took part in the Marine Corps Marathon with one of his best friends, Sergeant Major Stuart Eaton, who is still a serving Royal Marine.

The marathon is recognised for its impeccable organisation and takes place on a scenic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital. It is one of the largest marathons in the USA and the world, and as it doesn’t offer prize money it is known as “the best marathon for beginners”, “the best marathon for families” and “the People’s Marathon”. It aims to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organisational skills of the US Marine Corps.

clip_image004Speaking after the event, Barry said:“A huge thank you to all of you that have sponsored me and Stu raising money for the kids at Sandbrook Primary, they really have been blown away by your kind generosity so….safe to say I was feeling the pressure in getting my part of the bargain done!”

Barry flew all the way to the United States to take part in this marathon in order to raise money for Sandbrook Primary School on the Wirral. The school is attended by two of Barry’s nephews, both of whom are autistic, and teaches quite a few children who have special needs. Unfortunately, with local authorities having to cut back on spending due to the current economic climate, the school does not have the money it needs to spend on projects to help the children there. As Barry puts it: “The playground and outdoor facilities are somewhat lacking in inspiration and adventure for the children. It is down to the mums and predominately the PTA nowadays to look at raising money for any upgrades that the children would benefit from outside of the core curriculum.”

Explaining why he was taking part before the event, Barry said. “If you could please sponsor me a little or generously, you would be making these fabulous little fellas and of course all the other wonderful children’s lives during the day at school a little more interesting and keep the smiles on the faces of children who don’t exactly have it easy on a daily basis due to some of their needs.  If you have never had any close encounters with people who have autism then visit http://www.autism.org.uk/ to find out more in general, but my favourite little people who have autism never fail to make me smile and proud of what they achieve on a daily basis in all senses of the word ‘adversity’.

The photo below is a recent one of Barry’s nephews dressed up for Halloween.

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So far over £1500 has been raised, which is an incredible achievement. Kingdom was very proud to have sponsored Barry in raising money for this very worthy cause. If you would also like to sponsor Barry and help make a difference to these young people then there is still time – it isn’t too late and you can do so online via the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Forestrunforsandbrook?utm_id=2&utm_term=J2XrVVjZw

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