A man is to take on the London marathon this week in honour of his "remarkable grandfather".

Adam Waters will hit the capital's streets in memory of Dennis Temple, who was a pilot for the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. He died five years ago at the age of 89.

The 28-year-old from Borehamwood will be running alongside his brother-in-law, Andrew Cohen, 31, from Edgware.

They will be taking on the marathon in aid of Jewish charity Norwood, after Dennis grew up at an orphanage in West Norwood.

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Pictured: Adam Waters (left) with his wife Sabrina and brother-in-law Andrew

Mr Waters said: “Dennis made great friends there, and got up to many hijinks.

"He once snuck out of the orphanage to go to the pictures and see a film he had particularly wanted to see. When he arrived back later that day - very relieved he hadn't been caught - the orphanage announced they were taking the boys on an outing for a special treat to the pictures to see the exact film he had just watched!”

He added: “He went on to serve in the RAF during WWII, was a strong Zionist and almost signed up to go to Israel and fight in 1948 - until he met my grandma.

“Afterwards he went on a secret, dangerous trip to the Soviet Union to bring Jewish books and food to Refuseniks. He sadly passed away 5 years ago at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife Rita, two daughters, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.”

It will be Mr Waters' first marathon.

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Pictured: Jonathan Warren

A total of 20 more runners will be running the marathon for Norwood, including Jonathan Warren. The 37-year-old will be running in support of his 42-year-old sister-in-law, Sonia Piatkus, who has cerebral palsy, and has lived at Norwood's Ravenswood home in Golders Green since she was nine-years-old.

Joshua Schwartz will be running in memory of his brother-in-law Marc Lebe, who died last year.

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Pictured: Joshua Schwartz

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.