Christopher O’Neill, 24, from Kensington, is taking on his first ever marathon to raise vital funds for disability charity, United Response.

United Response is a national charity, supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live their lives to the fullest.

Christopher decided to take on the 26.2 mile challenge to make a real difference to the people the charity supports.

He explained:

“I'm running for United Response because I wanted to give back to a less well-known charity where the funds raised will make a real difference. The charity's mantra is all about creating equality and giving everyone equal access to the same rights and opportunities which some of us take for granted. I share these values closely and want to give back to those who truly deserve better.

“One of the ways that United Response helps the community is by providing support to people with mental health needs. This is something that has affected two people very close to me with anxiety and depression. After these recent personal circumstances, I have a new outlook on life, where I want to make the most of every opportunity.

“Running the London Marathon will raise awareness for a charity which gives more people those opportunities to simply enjoy the beauty of life!”

Christopher is both excited and nervous about taking on the country’s most iconic running event.

“I have run short races before, such as 5km and 10km for charities, where I've really enjoyed the thrill of the race and the amazing feeling of raising money and awareness for the charities I've represented,” he said.

“I have always followed the London Marathon from when I was a kid and it has always been my goal to one day run it myself! I decided to go for it this year as I wanted to start living my dreams and start ticking off some of those items on my bucket list.”

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