Happisburgh-based national charity chief to run 10k in as many minutes as his years

Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke - Credit: Archant

A national charity chairman, from north Norfolk, aims to run 10 kilometres in the heat of central London this weekend, completing the distance in as many minutes as his age.

Stephen Burke, from The Hill, Happisburgh, hopes to raise £2,500 for Grandparents Plus with the feat. Aged 53, Mr Burke aims to complete the British 10k in 53 minutes.

The charity supports the idea of 'kinship carers'. Relatives such as grandparents, aunts and uncles are helped to bring up children, who would otherwise be taken into care, in order to keep them in the family. Some 300,000 children in the UK are currently looked after by kinship carers.

Mr Burke is co-chair of the charity with its co-founder Jean Stogdon, who was recently awarded the OBE.

He is a well-known figure in north Norfolk politics where he is an active member of the North Norfolk Labour Party.

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Mr Burke can be sponsored for running the British 10k at:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=StephenBurke or donations can be made at www.grandparentsplus.org.uk

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