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Kingdom director to run US marathon for local primary school

clip_image002[4]Kingdom Director Barry Graham (pictured right) is preparing to fly to Washington DC - not to have any involvement in the ongoing US Presidential Election, but instead to take part in a marathon to raise money to help a local primary school.

On the 30th October 2016, Barry will take compete in the Marine Corps Marathon. This is a 26.2 mile run around the streets and hills of Washington DC. Barry is a former Royal Marine who left the forces 16 years ago, and will be running with one of his best friends, Sergeant Major Stuart Eaton, who is still a serving Royal Marine. They are aiming to complete the marathon in less than 4 hours.

The Marine Corps Marathon is recognised for 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.

Barry is flying all the way to the United States to take part in this marathon in order to raise money for a local primary school that is attended by two of his nephews, both of whom are autistic. The school is Sandbrook Primary School on the Wirral which teaches quite a few children like Barry’s nephews 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.”

In a heartfelt message, Barry goes on to say why he is doing this. “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 of (l-r) Caleb (aged 9) Gabriel (aged 4) and Isaac (who isn’t autistic, he’s just the next big thing in terror!)

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Kingdom is proud to be sponsoring Barry as he raises money for this very worthy cause. If you would also like to sponsor Barry and help make a difference to these young people, you can do some online via the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Forestrunforsandbrook?utm_id=2&utm_term=J2XrVVjZw

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