A DAD from Runcorn will be taking on the London Marathon in aid of a cerebral palsy charity which supports his son.

Paul Richards, an associate at Widnes accountancy firm, Mitchell Charlesworth, is taking on the 26.2 mile challenge for the first time in April and is hoping to raise £2,500 for Stick 'n' Step.

This charity offers support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families with free conductive education sessions.

About 94 children from across the region attend these sessions weekly, or twice weekly, at the charity’s Wallasey and Runcorn centres.

The organisation is completely independent and receives all of its funding from the generosity of people, communities, businesses and grant making trusts.

Paul chose to run for Stick ‘n’ Step as his son, Alfie, aged nine, has cerebral palsy and regularly attends the charity’s conductive education sessions.

Paul said: "I am hoping to raise money for a charity which is very close to my heart.

"Stick ‘n’ Step provides conductive education to children with cerebral palsy, maximising independence for each and every child.

"I cannot describe how amazing the charity is and the fantastic support they provide to Alfie and our family and many other families in the North West."

Amy Couture, CEO of Stick ‘n’ Step said: "It always means such a lot to us when families of our children get involved in fundraising.

"We wish Paul the very best for his training and we are looking forward to cheering for him on the day."

Anyone wishing to donate to Paul’s cause can visit his Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulRichards38

Paul is one of 10 people running the marathon for Stick ‘n’ Step after 10 places were donated to the charity by Chester Lions Club.