An actress from Haverhill hopes to raise money to fight the disease that killed her brother when she runs the London Marathon on Sunday (April 26).
Charlotte Hunter Billson, 34, will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The actress, who has starred in TV soaps such as Emmerdale and Doctors as well as being the stunt double for Hermoine in the Harry Potter films, was inspired by her brother, Stewart, who sadly died from the condition aged 19 years old.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition, which causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
Charlotte said: “For the brave and inspirational person my younger brother was and for all the other people who live with cystic fibrosis, I’m putting in 26 miles of hard work, but it doesn’t compare to what they go through on a daily basis just to stay alive.
“I can’t think of a better way to fulfil this ambition than by raising funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust”.
Gemma Walder, Community Development Fundraising Manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: “Charlotte is putting in a huge amount of dedication to train and run this for us. Money raised will enable us to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments.”
Charlotte aims to raise £5000 through this challenge. Anyone can donate by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CHARLOTTEHUNTERBILLSON