Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Standard Readers Get Set for London Marathon to Raise Cash for the Poorest; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Standard Readers Get Set for London Marathon to Raise Cash for the Poorest; THE DISPOSSESSED FUND

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa

A TEAM of Evening Standard readers are running the Virgin London Marathon to raise thousands of pounds for our Dispossessed Fund.

Ten people will undergo the gruelling 26-mile race on Sunday April 22 in support of the charity set up to help tackle poverty in London.

Running with them is the Standard's award-winning Campaigns Editor David Cohen, who has written a series of features highlighting the plight of the capital's most vulnerable people.

From a pharmacist to a painter and decorator, the runners all told how the Standard's coverage moved them to action and they have each pledged to raise at least [pounds sterling]1,000 for the fund, which was launched in 2010.

Jaime Gray, 33, a store manager from Rainham, has never run a marathon before but is in training after being "gripped" by the Standard's investigation exposing the shocking practice of burying children in mass "paupers' graves". She said: "I was really moved, I couldn't believe in this day and age that would still happen.

"The disparity in London is too wide between the privileged and the very underprivileged. I hope I can go some way to making things better."

Trainee financial adviser Sean Morrison, 24, from Canary Wharf, also a marathon first-timer, said working as temp at an east London college, and now in the City, has shown him stark inequalities. "I saw first-hand what some young kids have to deal with, the poor backgrounds they come from and the conditions they have to put up with. The Dispossessed does a great job in highlighting what people in London have to battle against and I'm glad I can help by doing something I love."

Carol Carpenter, 38, head of human resources at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will be running her second London marathon. The mother of two from Maidenhead said: "I worked for the Prison Service for eight years and on many occasions I saw the consequences of an underprivileged upbringing. …

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