Former Olympic event rider Ginny Elliot and racehorse trainer Charlie Edgerton head the line up for the Flora London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) on behalf of CLIC Sargent’s “Billy’s Appeal”.

They join 18 others running in a bid to raise £2million for Billy’s Appeal. Billy Greenall, son of Johnny, former amateur champion jockey and current amateur huntsman of the Meynell and South Staffordshire, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour aged three. With the support of leading cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Billy is now in remission at the age of six.

Billy’s Mother, Laura Greenall has dedicated her time to improving the resources available to the families of other cancer sufferers.

“Time away from the hospital was crucial to have fun and re-gather the strength to provide Billy with the will to live,” said Laura.

Money raised from the Flora London Marathon will be spent on a “home from home” near the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottinghamshire, providing free accommodation and essential escape for families from the clinical environment.

To support Billy’s Appeal and help Ginny and her team reach their goal please call: 020 8752 2895 or visit www.bmycharity.com/billysappeal

Meanwhile Horse magazine’s deputy editor Victoria Gray is also looking forward to taking part on Sunday. She is running to raise funds for the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH).

“I’ve never been much of a runner, but I’ve been in training for months and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” says Victoria. “We live quite near the start of the marathon, and last year I took my Jack Russell puppy, Dilly, along to watch the runners set off. In between trying to stop her barking at every single runner that went past, I decided that 2008 was the year I was going to go for it myself.”

Victoria aims to raise £1,500 for the ILPH. If you would like to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/victorialondonmarathon08

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