A sports tutor from North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) will run a marathon through Sierra Leone this month to raise money for a children’s charity and in memory of his friend.

Daniel Raffo, 33, is running on May 26, in aid of Street Child, which works to build schools, train teachers and work with youngsters sleeping on the streets.

Mr Raffo will be running in memory of his childhood friend Lance Corporal Nicky Mason, a soldier who died aged 26 in Afghanistan in 2008 after his patrol was hit by an explosion.