A mother and son running team are hoping to change attitudes towards learning disabilities.

Kingston man Tomas Cardillo-Zallo and his mum Sue will be taking on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon charity Mencap.

He is aiming to raise over £2,500 for the charity’s new schools programme, All Move, which brings young people with and without a learning disability together through sport.

Tomas, 29, has a learning disability but that hasn’t stopped him skiing and bowling with the Special Olympics Surrey, as well as joining Sutton United Football Club’s disability team.

After being inspired by his mum to take up running, Tomas has now taken part in over 80 parkruns and will compete in the marathon next year with his mum acting as his guide runner.

“I’ve always loved going around London, because it’s so amazing to see all the sights," Tomas said.

"I love watching the professional runners do it every year.

"I can’t wait for the race day atmosphere of the London crowd cheering me on. I’ll just take one step forward, not behind. One step at a time.”

It’ll be the second time mum Sue has taken part in a marathon, but the first time acting as a guide runner.

“It’s a big hurdle for Tomas,” she said.

“Sometimes it feels like he needs to prove himself ten times more than anyone else.

"It was a big step for him to take up running and it’s wonderful to see him gaining confidence. He’s really enjoying it.”

Taking inspiration from athletes like Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah, Tomas’s participation in sport has seen him become an inspiration to others.

Sue added: “Tomas has got other people to do sports and activities in the local area. People have been inspired by what Tomas does, especially other people with a learning disability.”

To donate towards Tomas and Sue, click here.