The mother of murdered two-year-old James Bulger is preparing to run a 5k race to mark the month that would have been her son’s 21st birthday.
Denise Fergus is currently training for the first major fundraising event for the new charity set up in memory of her son who was abducted and murdered by two 10-year-old boys. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson killed James after taking him from The Strand shopping centre in Bootle in February 1993.
The ‘Race for James’ is taking place in the grounds of Knowsley Hall on 20th March, four days after what would have been his 21st, with thousands of people expected to take part in the run.
James’ mother Denise admits that she is not an experienced runner or a fitness fanatic but is still determined to run in memory of her son.
The charity, called the James Bulger Memorial Trust ,was launched just two weeks ago and has already received widespread support throughout the city, including backing from both Everton and Liverpool FC.
Last week, Denise went along to Everton’s training ground to receive some tips about fitness and training from Blues manager David Moyes.
Denise, 42 said: “When David Moyes and the staff at Finch Farm were kind to invite me along to give me some running tips, I was delighted to get the inside track from real experts in physical fitness. They told me to build-up with regular practice runs, to do a good warm-up before any exercise and to pace myself through the Race for James.”
All money raised from the event which will provide holidays for young victims of crime or bullying and will make awards to children who display exemplary good behaviour, or make a positive contribution to society.
Denise added: "I want to see good things done in James' name. All too often it is the kids who are badly behaved that get all the attention. We plan to support children who are victims of bullying or crime, and their families. “
By Sheena McStravick, Deputy Website Editor
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