Lacing up trainers to help fundraise for equine charity

Eastbourne runner and horse lover Jeannine Williamson is taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for the Brooke Hospital.

Monday, 11th April 2016, 7:01 am
Jeannine Williamson SUS-160704-160830001
Jeannine Williamson SUS-160704-160830001

Jeannine secured one of the charity’s six places for the event taking place on April 24, and has been training since January.

She is a long-term supporter of the Brooke, which helps working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest countries.

She said, “I was thrilled to be given one of the Brooke’s places and I’ve been keeping in touch with the other five team members from around the country, which has provided invaluable moral support, particularly when having to train in cold and wet weather. But I know it will all be worth it on the day as the crowd support and atmosphere at the London Marathon is fantastic.”

All the money she raises will go to the charity that improves the lives of working equines in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Brooke, which describes itself as ‘the animal charity that helps people too’, provides veterinary care for horses, donkeys and mules.

It also offers advice and education to owners who often rely on the animal for their entire family income.

Jeannine said, “I have seen the work of the charity first hand in Egypt, Jordan and India.

“Whilst the desperate conditions endured by the animals and their owners are unimaginable in the UK, I can vouch for the very real difference the Brooke can make, particularly through the empowerment of women and children.

“I am putting £1 aside for every mile I complete in training and on the day, and if anyone would like to make a donation it would be very gratefully received as this is a charity where even £5 can make a real difference.”

Anyone who would like to help the charity by sponsoring Jeannine can email [email protected] or visit her Justgiving page to donate directly to the charity at justgiving.com/Jeannine-Williamson3.

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