Livingston MP Hannah Bardell will be the first SNP MP to run the London Marathon, raising money for her two chosen local charities, Jak’s Den and the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust.

Ms Bardell has already undertaken serious challenges for the two charities; last year she trekked 100km over five days along The French Way in Camino De Santiago in Spain, a fundraising expedition organised by Michelle Henderson’s dad Willie and she ran the Loch Ness Marathon with MSP Angela Constance to raised funds for Jak’s Den, created in the memory of teenager Jak Trueman.

In exactly two months – April 23 – she will pound the streets of London to tackle the Virgin Marathon in aid of both.

“These two charities have touched my heart, and I’m impressed with the determination and drive both Willie Henderson and Allison Barr have shown in raising awareness of the illnesses their children endured, and providing support to others affected in the same way.

“I was in the year above Michelle in high school and remember well her vivacious smile and friendly nature. Similarly, since my election I have gotten to know Allison and the Jak Trueman charity team very well; Allison and her team continue to champion the vision Jak so proudly shared.

“West Lothian lost two incredible young people in Jak and Michelle and their memories live on in the work their charities do. Running the marathon is a great way to help raise awareness of such important local charities, and I’m thrilled to be able to do it.

“I relish challenges like the marathon, and to be able to tackle it while at the same time raising money for these worthwhile causes makes it even more special.”

“My fundraising page is here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HannahBardellMP

“Please give anything you can to these fantastic charities, thank you.”


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You can find more information about Jak’s Den and the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust below: