Local Man Craig Roberts is set to take on a mammoth challenge in September where he will be making the Journey up to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to hopefully raise money for the wonderful children’s charity the NSPCC.

Craig is very passionate about the work that the organisation does and his reasons why he wants to undertake this gruelling half marathon.

Mr Roberts told the Crewe News:

When you hear stories in the news about the horrendous abuse that child and babies have to ordeal every day and night, it cannot do anything but hit an emotional nerve and your conscious.
If we look back at the abuse cases over the past few years, ranging from Baby P who was 17 months and was subjected to physical abuse by his own mother, including black eyes, swelling to the head, fractured ribs and broken back. There was Liam Fee who was 2 ½ years old, he suffered blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, double fracture to his thigh bone and arm and over 30 injuries, his mother was convicted with murder.
A third case was Baby Arthur whose dad and partner were found guilty of his murder at the age of just 6 years old, his ordeal included being poisoned by salt laced meals, starved, dehydrated and routinely beaten. These are just the cases that we know of, potentially thousands more children in the UK undergo such treatment daily from parents, carers and other people in their lives, and this isn’t including those that are sexually exploited or trafficked by underground human slavery groups.

You can view Craig’s Justgiving Page and follow his progress on the following link

This article is not an article that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling, but one that I hope will persuade your conscience to help them by supporting the NSPCC. Between 2020 and 2021 the NSPCC helpline received 85,000 calls, an increase of 23% over the previous year, and as a charity they need your help.

Craig Continued:

I feel passionately about the safety of all children, their physical wellbeing, emotionally balanced and mentally undamaged from such abuse. As an instructor and co-owner of Red Dragon Karate in Crewe, we have lots of children who train with us and come from wonderful, loving families, the way it should be. There have been instances that we have had to act upon, but luckily these are extremely rare, but we are vigilant and aware of tell-tale signs.
The purpose of this article is two-fold, one is to bring to your attention the peril what some children must face daily and also to ask for your support in raising funds for the NSPCC by sponsoring me in my 2022 Great North run in Newcastle-upon-tyne in September.
This is my 2nd half marathon and GNR, it consists of 13 miles of hills and flats through the glorious city centre and out to the finish line on the coast at South-shields.

Last years run was very difficult and gruelling in places, but compared to what some children must live through, the run was easy, and I know the run can finish when I cross the line on the coast.

By sponsoring my run using the Just giving link below, you are contributing to the amazing services of the NSPCC and their ability to help children who need it.
On a final note, if you suspect any maltreatment or abuse of any child by anyone please do not assume its normal, its someone else job to report it or that you do not want to get involved, especially if it’s a friend or family member.

Please call 0808 800 5000 and raise the concern, if there is abuse taking place, your call could be the one that breaks that chain.
If you are under 18 and want support on anything please call 0800 11 11 for free, confidential advice.
Please help me raise as much money as possible, every £1 counts and appreciated.

If you would like to help Craig reach his goal please visit Craig’s just giving page on the link below.
Let us get together and help Craig achieve his goal.
All the Team at the Crewe News sends Craig best wishes and wishes him the best on his journey.

Craig Roberts at a previous GNR