Durham University professor running marathon in support of refugees

By Flaminia Luck

A professor at Durham University is raising money for a refugee charity by running his first ever marathon over the weekend.

Thomas Wynn, who is a French professor at the university, is participating the Brighton Marathon to raise much-needed funds for the West End Refugee Service.

The West End Refugee Service is a Newcastle-based charity that provides invaluable support to refugees and asylum seekers in Tyneside.

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Professor Wynn said: "The North East is full of warm-hearted people, and the West End Refugee Service extends that warmth to people who really need it. I've been donating to WERS for a year or so, and I like their local focus on a global issue. The recent scenes from Afghanistan have motivated me to raise money and awareness for the charity and their work."

Charities across the country are working overtime to support the wave of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban after their recent takeover of the capital, Kabul, and rest of the country.

Professor Wynn hopes people will donate to his Just Giving page as he completes his first full marathon.

He also said training for the gruelling 26 mile route over the events of the last year or so have helped him get through the coronavirus crisis.

He said: "Lockdown and the pandemic have been hard on people in so many ways, and I found that training for the race has been a release.

"One of my favourite long runs is down the Lanchester Valley Cycle Path and through the beautiful Durham countryside. Running has made me appreciate all the more my freedom and nature."

His Just Giving page can be found here.

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