Wednesday 18th April 2012
A Methodist minister will be swapping his clerical dress for running gear when he takes part in the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for neglected children.
The Reverend Keith Tewkesbury, 67, is taking part in the 26.2 mile race in support of Action For Children, which helps vulnerable children and young people across UK and 15,000 in Wales.
Mr Tewkesbury, who has completed more than 30 half marathons, has so far raised £2,000 by hosting coffee mornings, line dancing and bring and buy sales in his hometown of Conwy, north Wales.
He hopes to hit his fundraising target of £3,000.
Rev Tewkesbury said: "I hope to raise money for Action For Children to continue its life-changing local work with children and young people in Wales, and to set myself a real challenge at the same time.
"What better way than taking part in the most well-known marathon in the world? Raising money to help fund the charity's fantastic work will be worth every blister."
Nina Rice, fundraiser at Action For Children, said: "Every pound that Mr Tewkesbury raises will make a big difference to our work with local families and vulnerable children.
"We are all tremendously grateful to him for his continued support and fantastic fundraising efforts."
The London Marathon takes place on Sunday April 22. To sponsor Mr Tewkesbury, visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/KeithdoestheMarathon.