A marathon space is up for grabs for someone willing to run for a community services charity.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) is offering a charity place at next year’s London Marathon.

The race, which sees runners run 26.2 miles through the streets of London each year, will take place on April 28 and is in exceptionally high demand for runners across the world.

The charity hopes to raise at least £2,500 in donations from the marathon.

Pesh Kapasiawala, a Rotarian, nine times London Marathon runner and VAEF supporter, secured the place for the charity after donating £25,000 last month.

He said: “The London Marathon is an amazing experience for any amateur runner.

"If that person chosen to run for VAEF can also help raise the profile of the charity and help us fundraise too, then it’s a win, win situation for us.

"We’ll be there to help that person cross the finish line”.

All money raised will be used by VAEF to continue to provide services to the local community, as well as advice, information and support services to voluntary and community organisations and volunteers in the Epping Forest District.

Recently the charity secured a permanent home in Thornwood, where it will move after staying in a temporary home in Hemnall Street.

For further information, contact Jacqui Foile on 01992 564178 or jfoile@vaef.org.uk.