MAYFIELD riding instructor Polly Hingston is taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.
Polly, 32 who lives in Argos Hill, hopes to raise vital funds for research into the causes and treatments of childhood cancer by joining the Mr Men and Little Miss team in aid of leading national children’s charity CHILDREN with CANCER UK.
Polly, a freelance riding instructor whose parents live in Barcombe, has already spent months preparing for the big day and is trying to raise as much as possible. The team is one of the largest in the Virgin London Marathon and runners are easy to spot in their trademark Mr Happy and Mr Tickle running vests, made possible by the support the charity receives from Sanrio.
Polly explained why she chose the charity. She said: “I have always wanted to complete the London Marathon and after meeting Edward, a friend’s little boy who has had leukaemia since being a baby, I decided that CHILDREN with CANCER was a very worthwhile cause.”
Ben Twyman, head of running events at CHILDREN with CANCER UK said “Being told your child has cancer is the start of an uncertain and difficult time for families. Thanks to Polly and the support from our dedicated marathon runners we are able to continue vital research into childhood cancer and help save young lives that would have otherwise been lost forever.” CHILDREN with CANCER UK (formerly CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA) was set up in 1988 by Eddie and Marion O’Gorman after their 14 year old son Paul died from leukaemia. Just nine months later they lost their daughter Jean, also to cancer.