AN Ilkley resident has raised more than £5,600 for a Skipton-based children’s charity after successfully completing the London Marathon.

Marc Westerman of Westrow Hair and Westrow Academy director took part in the marathon in aid of The Principle Trust.

Fellow Ilkley resident Mike Davies MBE, founder of the charity, said: “We cannot thank Marc enough for his continued support to our local charity. As well as being a proud patron of the charity making regular monthly donations, Marc decided to take on the London Marathon to help more underprivileged children from our local communities.

“2021 marks the charity’s 10th year anniversary and our aim is to raise sufficient funds to purchase a sixth holiday lodge, adapted for the use of disabled children.

“Since The Principle Trust Children’s Charity was founded in 2011, through generous donations, support and grants we have given over 3,700 underprivileged and disadvantaged children and their families a free holiday.

“Since 2018, we have provided 350-plus disabled children and their families with free respite care.

“The charity works closely with other charities, local authorities and social workers who refer vulnerable children.

“The feedback and commentary received after the children return from a holiday, really proves that what they provide is truly effective and has long lasting impacts especially to their mental health and wellbeing.”

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Every penny raised goes directly to help disadvantaged, underprivileged and disabled children across Yorkshire.