Marathon runners set to raise funds for good causes

Fund raising event for Macmillan Cancer Support, from left, Lucy Moyes of Fun Faces, Nikki Howson of Handicraft by Nikki, Ella Harris, Keely Harris, Pat Harris and Christine Fitch'Photo: MSMP090313-004js

Fund raising event for Macmillan Cancer Support, from left, Lucy Moyes of Fun Faces, Nikki Howson of Handicraft by Nikki, Ella Harris, Keely Harris, Pat Harris and Christine Fitch'Photo: MSMP090313-004js

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Relatives joined forces to help a woman raise funds towards her marathon efforts.

Keely Harris, 43, will race in her first London Marathon in April in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

She needs to raise £2,000 to take part alongside her husband Paul, who won a place in the ballot.

Her mother-in-law Pat Harris and sister-in-law Ella Harris joined forces to organise a coffee morning with a range of stalls at George’s Place in St Mary’s Street, Stamford, on Saturday.

Keely, of Saltby, said she was pleased with how the sale went, particularly as the weather was bad. It raised £441, bringing the total she has raised so far to £1,700.

To sponsor her visit www.justgiving.com/keely-paul-harris

A radio DJ is ditching his mic and donning his tracksuit, and a pair of fairy wings, to run the London Marathon for a local charity.

Rutland Radio presenter Rob Persani has challenged himself to run the 26-mile route in a bid to raise funds for Anna’s Hope.

Rob, 39, who lives in Stamford, regularly fundraises for the charity, which supports children with brain tumours. Last year he ran the Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough but this year’s race will be his first ever full marathon.

Rob said: “I don’t know what time I’ll get but I will get around. It’s just great to raise funds and awareness for the charity.”

Charity founder Carole Hughes said: “It’s fantastic that Rob has chosen to run for us again. Good luck to him.”

Rob is hosting a charity ball at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on Friday to raise extra funds.

For tickets, which are £6, call 01572 757868.