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West Ham Football Club mentor to complete London Marathon for children’s mental health charity

PUBLISHED: 10:46 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 20 April 2017

Gavin Boorman from Romford is running the London Marathon. Picture: Alice Harper/Place2Be.

Gavin Boorman from Romford is running the London Marathon. Picture: Alice Harper/Place2Be.

Alice Harper/Place2Be

A West Ham United Football Club mentor who has witnessed first-hand the pressures young people face has pledged to pound the streets of London on Sunday.

Football performance analyst Gavin Boorman, 26, from Collier Row, has pledged to raise cash for children’s mental health charity Place2Be by running the London Marathon.

The charity provides counselling support and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools.

“I assist the under 18’s with their development,” he said.

“I know from my work with this age group that the pressures that can often be associated with sport can have a significant impact on emotional wellbeing.”

Place2Be is a partner organisation of Heads Together, 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon charity of the year and spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Gavin adds that because of his work with young footballers he feels passionate about supporting emotional as well as physical wellbeing.

Along with Heads Together, Place2Be has achieved great progress in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems.

To help raise vital cash, Gavin has trained hard over the last few months, and has fitted in long runs around his busy schedule.

For information on the Place2Be visit

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