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Ellie runs the marathon to help grow Acorns

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Ellie runs the marathon to help grow Acorns

Sister of hospice worker runs the London Marathon to raise funds.

The eldest daughter of the MD of British composite doorset and fire doorset specialists Unity Group is running the London Marathon on Sunday 2nd October to help raise funds for the charity her sister works for.

Ellie Hughes, 29, of Malvern, is aiming to raise £3,000 for Acorns children's hospice in Selly Oak where her sister Becky is a deputy head nurse. Father Graham Hughes heads up the Unity Group comprising Unity Doors and JCK Joinery (a bespoke timber door specialist for more than 150 years), based in Newent, Gloucester.

With only an ambitious eight weeks of training, travel specialist Ellie is pushing herself to her limits for the final run that will be 26.2 miles around London.

"I am constantly either aching or hungry," she said. "But if even one person donates, it really does make me ache a little less."

Money raised from Ellie's efforts will go towards entertainment for the children, specialist transport services, medical equipment, and funding for overnight stays near the hospice for families during difficult times.

Ellie also hosted a "Marathon Bake off" at her workplace, where colleagues helped her raise £300 for the three Acorns hospices in Selly Oak, Worcester and Walsall.

Becky said: "It's a privilege to be a part of a child's last moments."

Father Graham added: "To say I am proud of both my daughters is an understatement."

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