A keen runner from Portishead Specsavers has raised more than £1,700 for a charity close to her heart by completing the London Marathon on Sunday (24 April).

A very special cause

Ellie Purchase, who is a pre-registration optometrist in store, was inspired to take up the challenge by her 10-year-old cousin who has cerebral palsy. Completing the 26.2-mile course in four hours six minutes, Ellie smashed her initial fundraising target of £1,500 for Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy.

‘Running the London Marathon was such an incredible experience and to have raised so much money for Stars Foundation is fantastic! I managed to get round in just over four hours, so all my training beforehand certainly paid off,’ said Ellie. ‘The money will go a long way to helping Stars continue its fantastic work and I’d just like to thank everyone who made a donation and supported me along the way.

‘My cousin has cerebral palsy and hopes to be a runner one day, maybe even taking part in the Paralympics, so I hope this will inspire her to pursue that dream.’

Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy

Stars 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

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