A FIREFIGHTER is running on his home turf for an international charity.

Kieran Hughes from Stanhope has organised a ten-mile run to help stop the trade in human trafficking.

He founded the Stanhope ten-miler and has launched a Justgiving page for people who can’t join him in the sponsored run but who believe in the cause.

The run itself will start in Stanhope and will lead participants on to the tops of moors, across to Hill Top and then down near Frosterley and back into Stanhope.

All the proceeds from the event, which takes place on Sunday, August 25, from Stanhope showfield, will go to the Tribe Freedom Foundation.

Established in March 2017, it was inspired by Run for Love.

Kieran has worked as an ambassador for the charity for the past four months and has raised more than £500 for the abolition of modern day slavery.

The first Run for Love in 2013 was a 1,000 mile run across Europe from Odessa in the Ukraine to Dubrovnik in Croatia to fight child trafficking. More than 250 runners took part and together they raised more than £250,000 to set up the first home for trafficked children in the UK.

The Tribe community established the Foundation to continue the journey they started in Odessa in 2013 to end modern slavery. Tribe members like Kieran are now organising and taking part in sponsored runs.

Kieran is funding the run out of his own pocket and is also hoping to raise around £500 for the cause. As well as being a fire fighter at Stanhope, he works as part of the test team for Hitachi. His union, Unite, has donated £100 to pay for the medals that will be given to everyone who takes part.

For more information about the run email Kieran at kez.rocks@hotmail.co.uk. Anyone wanting to take part should be there for 9.30am.