March dog groomer’s marathon bid

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A March dog groomer will be taking part in the London Marathon this weekend in a bid to raise £1,500 for an animal charity.

Rebecca Mackie, 30, of Mackie’s Mutts, will be joining around 35,000 other runners in the capital on Sunday when she takes on the 26.2 miles in aid of veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Rebecca, who has two dogs of her own, a young poodle called Nala and six-year-old German Shepherd, Jack, (pictured) and a horse called Belle, has been a long-term supporter of the charity.

As well as raising as much money as possible for the cause, she wants to raise awareness of its vital work to help horses, cats and dogs.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to run the marathon and it’s something I really wanted to do for my 30th – so here I am training for the 26.2 mile challenge and I can’t think of a better charity to run the marathon for.

“I’ve always known about the AHT through my love of horses but there’s just so much that it does for so many animals. It’s really incredible and I’m proud to be representing the AHT in the London Marathon.”