Joe Timms, a young man from Chadwell Heath, will run his first marathon this April to raise money for national disability charity, United Response.

Joe, 26, is running the London Marathon on 24 April with the goal of raising £1,500 for United Response, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and dementia to live the lives they choose.

He said:

“This will be my first ever marathon. I decided to take part to raise both awareness and funds for my chosen charity, United Response, and the fantastic support work they provide young people and adults with a wide range of mental health needs and disabilities.”

Joe has been training hard for his first ever marathon

Joe has been training for the 26-mile run across the capital since October 2015 and has competed in several 10km runs, including the Cambridge Town and Gown run.

As well as raising money for charity, he set himself the epic challenge in memory of his late nan.

Joe said:

“I am running in memory of my amazing nan who sadly passed away in December 2012 after suffering from 2nd stage dementia and macular degeneration, making her partially blind.”

table with baked goods for sale

Joe held two bake sales at work, raising an impressive £241!

To help Joe reach his fundraising target, visit: 

To find out more about the event, or to join our cheer station on the day, you can contact Sarah from the Fundraising team on 0208 879 4987.


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