The head of performing arts at South Molton Community College will be running the London Marathon for the charity Bliss.

A South Molton Community College teacher is tackling the London Marathon this weekend for a special care baby charity that supported his family when all three of his daughters were born prematurely.

Richard Uffendell, head of the performing arts at the college, will be running for the marathon for a second time for Bliss.

Richard, who lives in Tiverton, said: “All three of my daughters were born prematurely, and the help we received as a family was exceptional.

“Isla, my eldest, was ten weeks premature and developed meningitis while in Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. The care Isla received allowed her to make a full recovery, and Bliss also supported us as parents to cope with the situation.

“While my family were very lucky, my friend’s family was not, and he lost his nephew after just 70 days. For me, that is not acceptable. I want to raise as much money as possible to support families who are not as lucky as mine.”

Richard has been fitting his training around family life by going running as early as 4.30am, and cites a head torch and a high-vis jacket as two of his most important pieces of kit.

To donate, visit Richard’s Just Giving page: