Chippenham dad’s challenge to aid son’s pre-school

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chris with George (VS263) by Vicky Scipio Chris with George (VS263) by Vicky Scipio

Dad Chris Dallimore will be running the London Marathon on Sunday, April 13, to help extend his son’s pre-school in Chippenham.

St Mary’s Pre-school at Rowden Hill has been given more outdoor space from the next door primary school and wants to build an extension at an estimated cost of £5,000.

Kerrie Hanlon, chairman of St Mary’s Pre-school committee, said: “They want to try to make inside a bit bigger and get a new boiler, not to take on more kids because they want to keep the high staff to child ratio, but to have more space. We wish Chris all the best. I know I couldn’t do it.”

Mr Dallimore’s four-year-old son George goes to the pre-school and his five-year-old daughter Megan left last year.

Last year, he raised £200 by doing the Swindon Half and bought the pre-school a LeapPad.

“They’ve done so much for our kids, I wanted to give something back,” said Mr Dallimore, of St Peter’s Close, who works as a carer.

The 30-year-old only started running three years ago and has done four half marathons, but this will be his first one.

He will be trying to beat 2 hours 13 minutes.

Children at the pre-school will collect sponsorship by taking turns to do 26 laps, one for each mile of the London route.

To find aout about St Mary’s places, call (01249) 462197.

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