A YOUNG teacher hopes to help prisoners by running her first marathon.

Amy Brown, a trainee teacher at Darlington’s Carmel RC College will run the Edinburgh Marathon in May in a bid to improve the education of prisoners by raising funds for the Prisoners Education Ttrust.

Ms Brown, 26, is currently completing her teacher training at Durham University but has always had an interest in prisoner rehabilitation.

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She said volunteering to help vulnerable children avoid a life of crime inspired her fundraising efforts.

She said: “It was these experiences and knowing that many people end up going to prison for a reason, they’ve often had it very tough themselves, that inspired me to fundraise for Prisoners Education Trust.

“This is an issue that many people don’t think about very often but education is a really important way for people in prison to make changes and move on with their lives.”

To sponsor Ms Brown, visit justgiving.com/Amy-Brown11.