A member of the team at Portishead Specsavers will be swapping her specs for running shoes as she takes on the London Marathon in April.

Ellie Purchase, a pre-registration optometrist, will be tackling the 26.2-mile course around the streets of the capital in a bid to raise vital funds for Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Inspired by her 10-year-old cousin who has cerebral palsy, Ellie has her sights set on raising £1,500 for the charity.

‘I’m really proud to be running the London Marathon for a cause so close to my heart,’ said Ellie. ‘My cousin has cerebral palsy and has dreams of one day being a runner and taking part in the Paralympics, so I hope this will inspire her to pursue her dream.

‘This will be my first marathon so I’ve been training hard over the past few months, even completing a 10K race recently. Some days it has been quite tough, but I just keep reminding myself that it’s all for a very worthy cause.’

Star Foundation for Cerebral Palsy is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the generosity of its supporters to continue its work. The condition affects one in every 400 people and the charity aims to provide mobility, communication and educational aids for those living with cerebral palsy, as well as supporting families and carers. More information at www.starsfoundation.co.uk

Anybody who wants to sponsor Ellie can do so by heading to her fundraising page.

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