Petts Wood man’s marathon effort for Barnardo’s after adoption success

PUBLISHED: 14:29 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 21 April 2017

Richard Coello

Richard Coello


Richard Coello is running the marathon for the charity after they helped him and wife Claire adopt two boys in 2014

A Petts Wood man who adopted two boys after his wife had eight miscarriages in 10 years is preparing to run the London Marathon to help Barnardo’s support more families.

Richard Coello, 40, has already raised more than £2,800 for the children’s charity, which helped match the couple with their boys and supported the family through the adoption process.

Mr Coello said: “My wife Claire and I adopted two boys aged two and four in 2014 and they’re very loud, active and energetic, just like us. It’s been an incredibly exciting, positive and very emotional process.

“I chose to run the London Marathon for Barnardo’s because of the huge amount of support that they’ve given us through the whole process of adoption. I just love the buzz of being involved in an event like this, it’s an incredible feeling.

“My friends and family understand our story and everything that Barnardo’s has done for us.”

By taking on the marathon, Mr Coello and his fellow Barnardo’s runners will raise around £250,000 to help support vulnerable children and young people, including those who are just leaving care or have experienced child sexual exploitation.

Lynn Gradwell, director of Barnardo’s, said: “We’re so pleased that this fantastic family were able to draw on the support that Barnardo’s can offer through the whole adoption process.

“I’d like to thank Richard for taking on the incredible challenge of the marathon, as the funds he raises will make real difference to the lives of many more children, young people and families in London and beyond.”

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