A MARATHON effort will boost funds for a charity tackling Britain’s most common childhood cancer.
Chris Gatrell from Ellesmere Port is joining the Mr Men and Little Miss team at this year’s Virgin London Marathon on April 17 to raise £2,200 to help children affected by Britain’s most common childhood cancer.
Chris, a business analyst from Ellesmere Port, has spent months preparing for the big day – his third London marathon in four years.
The Mr Men and Little Miss team is one of the largest teams in the Virgin London Marathon and the runners are easy to spot in their trademark Mr Happy and Mr Tickle running vests.
Chris, 27, has chosen to run this year’s marathon for children’s cancer charity Children with Leukaemia.
He said: “I am looking forward to completing my hat-trick of marathons in 2011.
“I have chosen what I believe to be a very worthwhile cause.
“I am excited to be training and let the fundraising commence.”
On Saturday he held a fundraising event at Chester Rugby Club which raked in £2,300 in ticket sales and takings from an auction which included tickets to see Take That. A raffle saw prizes donated by David Lloyd, Mollington Golf Club and others handed out.
“It went really well,” added Chris.
Ben Twyman, head of running events at Children with Leukaemia, said: “A huge thank you to Christopher for his hard work and commitment.
“Without the support of each and every one of our marathon runners we could not continue our vital work to help save young lives.”
Children with Leukaemia is now a leading national charity dedicated to the conquest of childhood leukaemia through pioneering research, new treatment and support of children and their families.