Running marathon to help war countries

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

FORMER mayor Trevor Cope is again competing in the London Marathon and is appealing for sponsorship. As part of his preparations, on Sunday he competed in the Bideford Half-marathon. It was his 226th half-marathon finishing in two hours two minutes a

FORMER mayor Trevor Cope is again competing in the London Marathon - and is appealing for sponsorship.As part of his preparations, on Sunday he competed in the Bideford Half-marathon.It was his 226th half-marathon - finishing in two hours two minutes and 25 seconds - and this year he will be running for the medical charity Merlin.Trevor said: "Merlin is a charity which is very close to my heart."Merlin is presently working with civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, West Bank and Gaza."After wars, these countries tend to lose a lot of their infrastructure and Merlin goes in and helps with the medical work and the rebuilding of the hospital infrastructures."If you feel you could spare a few pence for this just cause, please contact me."Trevor can be contacted at: trevor.cope@talk21.com or by telephone (01395) 270128. This year's London marathon will be Trevor's 64th event.He is also the honorary secretary of the Liberal Democrat's national organisation, Friends of Palestine.

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