Clapham animal-lover takes on marathon mission

An animal-lover from Clapham is gearing up to take on the London Marathon for charity and is appealing for locals to support her.

Deirdre Hogan (35), a PA for Bupa, is taking on the 26.2 mile course in aid of leading vet charity, PDSA, which cares for more than 470,000 pets across the UK every year.

With a gruelling training programme in place to help ensure she crosses the finish line in her target time of four hours thirty minutes, Deirdre is hoping locals will help support her marathon mission to spur her on.

This will be Deirdre’s first marathon, she says: “I’m incredibly passionate about animal welfare so I’m driven to give it this my absolute all. Knowing I’m running to save the lives of vulnerable pets keeps me motivated when my training gets tough.

Deirdre knows the enriching and powerful role that animals play in our lives.

“I have a dog called Millie – she provides our family with so much love and companionship. I can’t imagine our lives without her. Knowing that PDSA is there to help pets whose owners aren’t in a position to be able to pay for vital vet care is why I’m running.”

Deirdre is no stranger to pushing herself to her limit. She has previously taken part in a number of ultra-challenges, one of them covering 50k across the Peak District, as well as some 10k charity runs.

As part of her fundraising, Deirdre has been running weekly bake sales and will also be holding a fundraising disco hosted at a dog-friendly bar.

With less than two weeks to go, Deirdre is training hard, out in all weathers, pounding the streets of London.

Rosie Gibbons, who looks after fundraising for PDSA, said: “Deirdre’s marathon effort means many pets will receive the vital vet treatment they need and we’re enormously grateful to have her support. We’ll be cheering Deirdre and the rest of Team PDSA’s runners along the course and I hope local animal lovers will support her too.”

To support Deirdre’s marathon mission to raise £2,000 for PDSA, visit her fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/deirdrehogan.

For more information about fundraising for PDSA, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/run.

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