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James Keeley

London Marathon

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] As a result of some bad luck, from the age of 11 until I went to University, I was brought up in abject poverty. For a week or so we had to effectively squat in the council flat that we used to occupy. Furniture was provided by the Church and our gas and electricity was paid for by slot meters. In the last two days before my father received his state pension there would be no money to pay for electricity and heating. I clearly remember studying in candlelight. At one stage I became anorexic, feeling my life was out of control.[/p][p]However, I obtained good results in my O levels and went on to study A levels. I will never forget the day of my A level results, which resulted in an offer to study Law at Kingston. [/p][p]Unfortunately my father, whose ill health deteriorated considerably while I was doing my A levels, died during my first year at university. It was a difficult time as I was an only child and had to support my mother. However, we survived and I graduated.[/p][p]Getting into the Inns of Court School of Law, which was the only Bar course provider at the time, was not easy with a 2:2. However, I managed it. [/p][p]I was called to the Bar on 14 October 1993, a wonderful day that will stay with me forever. Then followed the long hard road to obtaining pupillage and tenancy[/p][p]I have been very fortunate in that I have enjoyed a very successful career at the Criminal Bar. [/p][p]I have always tried to fight for the poor, the weak and the vulnerable. I hope I have given some sort of voice to the voiceless. [/p][p]Middle Temple has helped me on my journey. [/p][p]I have dedicated my life to helping others especially young people get on in life. [/p][p]Please help me raise money to help young men and women become barristers. We need people from all backgrounds to represent people. [/p][p]I still believe that we can change the world. [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][img]James Keeley Middle Templar[/img][/p]

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Apr 29, 2019

The Beckett family

Thank you.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


You're an inspiration, James. Gooid luck- and enjoy it!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019

Daren Samat

Keep on running James - keep on running remember it's the smaller donations you are doing it for - this means I have no pocket money for my kids!! Good luck and enjoy - all for a great cause too!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2019

David Wurtzel

Well done

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 18, 2019

Caroline Bray

Good luck James. X

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019


Best of luck James. I have no doubt that you will complete it.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2019

Jess Masi

Good luck Keeley!!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 8, 2019


With best wishes for this worthwhile endeavour!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid