Marathon runner smashes target

Darren Darley running London marathon and people from Hemsworth Pit club raised thousands of pounds for his cause.'Liz Barran from NSPCC, Tracy Lucas, Darren Darley, Rachael Lucas, Ian Horobin, Janet Birch, Cheryl Istead

Darren Darley running London marathon and people from Hemsworth Pit club raised thousands of pounds for his cause.'Liz Barran from NSPCC, Tracy Lucas, Darren Darley, Rachael Lucas, Ian Horobin, Janet Birch, Cheryl Istead

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Darren Darley, 30, was aiming to raise £4,000 for Childline by running the London Marathon on Sunday, April 17.

But after holding a concert at the Hemsworth Miners’ Social Club in Fitzwilliam last month he managed to raise a massive £5,000.

Mr Darley, of Heaton Street, Ackworth, also raised £2,000 during two bag packing events at the Ackworth Co-op and has been collecting sponsors, bringing his total so far to more than £7,500.

The concert, which featured Upton singer Donna Moody performing as Pink, raised the money through ticket entry sales, a raffle and an auction, with prizes including signed rugby balls and shirts, Molton Brown gift sets and a signed The Cribs limited edition vinyl and drumsticks.

The club and his employer HSBC also split the artist’s fees, meaning all proceeds went directly to the charity.

Mr Darley handed the money over to Liz Barran, a representative from the NSPCC, which runs Childline, on Friday.

HSBC - where Mr Darley works as a fundraiser - matched part of the money raised through the concert.

Mr Darley, who is aiming to run the marathon in under four hours, chose to raise funds for Childline because of the bank’s connection with the charity.

He said: “I am still in training for the marathon, which is in less than two weeks. I am really pleased that I have managed to raise so much money.

“Thank-you to everyone who came along to the concert. And thank-you to everyone at the club who helped out. They were all a big help.

“I would also like to thank the Co-op for letting me organise two events there and everyone who helped bag pack for me.”

Despite almost doubling his target, Mr Darley is keen to raise even more cash for the charity, which is a confidential service provided by the NSPCC for young people.

To donate, visit www.justgiv ing.com/marathon4childline.