WHALLEY’S Ben Laycock will realise a long held ambition this month when he tackles his first Virgin London Marathon.
Ben (35), who is hoping to raise around £1,500, will run the marathon to support the charity Kith & Kids which works to help ease the social isolation of families who have a child with learning disabilities and autism.
To help during times of stress, each year Kith & Kids run a 10-day project at a school in North London, to help those with learning disabilities or autism develop their independence and social skills.
“I have dreamt of running the London Marathon for many years,” said Ben, “and through carrying out my own personal ambition I’m able to help Kith & Kids raise vital money to be able to deliver a varied programme to their participants and their families, which is an added bonus.”
Ben works as head of strategy and development, cohesion and education, for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust which is an independent charity linked to the football club. He manages a team of coaches and educators who deliver programmes to those in need and at risk of social exclusion and who live in areas of deprivation within Bolton.
“I have family and friends affected by autism and have been made very aware of the challenges that families face, as well as through my wife’s work as a speech and language therapist working locally with children with autism and their families. I’m very lucky to have two beautiful children, and feel privileged to be able to do something to raise vital funds for the programmes Kith & Kids offer.”
To donate visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenLaycock77