James Bulger Merseyside memorial charity run

Denise Fergus
Image caption Denise Fergus wants the trust to help children in need and reward good behaviour

A fundraising run has taken place in Merseyside in remembrance of murdered toddler James Bulger, who would have turned 21 this year.

Runners, including James's mother Denise Fergus, ran 5km in the grounds of Knowsley Hall to raise money for the James Bulger Memorial Trust.

The trust, organised by Ms Fergus, hopes to fund holidays for bullied children, carers and disabled children.

The trust also plans to make awards to children who set a good example.

James was murdered in 1993 by schoolboys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson after they abducted him from a shopping centre in Bootle.

Denise Fergus said after completing the race: "We're hoping to set up a holiday home for kids who appear to have been bullied and kids who have to care for parents or siblings, and kids who do well for their communities and do well in school - and kids with disabilities."

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