Barking and Dagenham charity bidding war begins

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 February 2016

James Morris is running the London marathon

James Morris is running the London marathon


A special needs teacher is going the distance to improve his students’ lives.

Head of PE at Trinity School in Dagenham, James Morris, will be taking on the gruelling London Marathon this April for Phab Kids.

“They do work in the hours that we don’t do the work,” said James, 28, who aims to raise £2,000 from the feat.

“The kids come in after a weekend away with them really relaxed and happy. It gives them the opportunity and financial support to take part in activities that we can’t find time for.”

James says the charity transforms children’s lives through evening sessions, outdoor activities and weekends away.

“I have seen firsthand many of our students with special educational needs integrating with students from main stream schools,” added the Grays resident.

“It benefits all students. Any support I can give this excellent charity would be most welcome.”

As well as a running a cake sale, bonus ball game and other fundraisers at his Heathway school, James has also had a novel idea to raise money.

Local businesses are being encouraged to bid for a name on his vest, which he will then advertise to the world as he completes the 26.2 mile course around the capital.

This is James’ second marathon after he completed the same race in 2014.

He added: “It’s all for the kids, I’m running for them.”

Bids can be sent to and the highest bid received by the closing date of April 8.

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