An adopted Kingston cab driver is tackling the London Marathon for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Bobby Owen has already raised more than £3,000 to support Barnardo’s which works with vulnerable children, young people and families.

The father of three, from Samuel Gardens, took on the challenge for the charity as he was adopted into a loving family as a child.

He has been overwhelmed by the support from his passengers, family and friends.

Bobby said: “I put the collection tin in the back and it’s been brilliant, people keep filling it up.

“I’ve raised £3,200 so far and I’ve had contributions from a professional footballer and a former cabinet minister.

“It’s a good conversational piece because my passengers have been giving me tips to get through the marathon.

“Some of them have been supported by Barnardo’s themselves and it’s been really good to hear their stories – one man told me how he grew up in a Barnardo’s home and he’s now fostering children.

“I was adopted myself as a child by two great people who gave me every opportunity and were very loving parents, so it’s nice to be able to give something back.

“The stability of family is very important and people don’t always realise how significant that is.”

Bobby, who has been training hard for the event on April 22, hopes his knowledge of London’s streets will help him through the 26-mile feat.

He said: “I’m very fortunate to live in Kingston because it’s great for runners.

“I can go to places like Hampton Court and just follow the river as far as I can, and it never gets boring.

“We used to live on the marathon route in Rotherhithe so we’re looking forward to showing the kids our old house.

“I lived in the area for 15 years after leaving home, in Howland Way and Redriff Road, so it will be great to see our old neighbours.”

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s in London, said: “It’s brilliant that Bobby’s raised so much already and I want to thank him for making such a huge effort for Barnardo’s.

“The funds he raises will help us do even more to support children, young people and families, including those who urgently need a stable and supportive home.”

To sponsor Bobby please visit his Justgiving page.