London Marathon: Running to give children a better chance in life

Derek Stainsby is running the London Marathon for Child Poverty Action Group

Derek Stainsby is running the London Marathon for Child Poverty Action Group - Credit: Derek Stainsby

Being sold unsuitable shoes might have set Derek Stainsby’s training back somewhat, but he’s determined not to let that stop him completing the London Marathon.

The 60-year-old is running in aid of Child Poverty Action Group, which supports families on low income and campaigns to give all children a fair chance in life.

Derek, who lives in Wanlip Road, Plaistow, said: “A couple of years ago I started taking part in 5km fun runs but I have never done anything like this before.”

He has seen first hand the work the charity does through his job at Gallions Housing Association, which is part of Peabody Housing Trust.

“Where I work in Thamesmead, a number of law centres have closed down and local Citizens Advice Bureaus are unable to cope with demand,” Derek added.

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“Welfare reform means that some of Peabody’s poorest and most vulnerable residents are facing great hardship.

“We may be able to mitigate this but not without the work that CPAG does.

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“That is why I am running for them.”

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