Teacher’s promise to help children’s charity

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PRIORY School teacher Sarah O’Brien will be running the Great North Run for a third time next Sunday, in the hope to raise £1,000 for kids charity Action Medical Research.

The organisation is a charity very close to Sarah’s heart as her job involves working with children who have learning disabilities.

Sarah (30), who teaches year nine students at the Priory, said: “Working at the school, the charity is much more personal to me. I have chosen a different charity each year I’ve ran the Great North Run and after looking at lots of different children’s charities, this seemed a worthy cause.”

The teacher is aiming for a time between 1.45hr to 1.50hr after completing the half marathon in 1.59hr the previous year, with the aim of completing a full marathon in 2012.

She said: “Next year I would like to try the London Marathon. Now I’ve done a half marathon I’m more confident of my ability and ready for the next step.”

Action Medical Research has been in operation for almost 60 years, contributing to significant medical breakthroughs like the polio vaccine. Today they continue to find and fund medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability.

Sarah is also one half of an acoustic group called Taylor’s Angel with her friend Steve Dunmore.

The recently formed pair have been trying to raise extra cash for the charity by busking on the stage behind Playbarn at Springfield Gardens, Spalding.

Along with local rockers Zebra, Taylor’s Angel will be playing a free gig at The Spring Fields Tavern this Saturday from 8pm to 11pm, where Sarah will be taking donations for AMR.

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday, September 18 and anyone who wants to sponsor Sarah should go to www.action.org.uk/sponsor/sarahobrien1