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Woman to run marathon in aid of Newbury school for deaf children

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A Newbury school will get a funding boost next month as an intrepid runner takes on the London Marathon in aid of it.

Katie Mills will run the 26.2 miles around the capital in aid of Mary Hare School, the specialist school for deaf children which has Pippa Middleton as its ambassador and relies on fundraising and donations for the development of its facilities.

Keen runner Mrs Mills, who said taking on the challenge of the London Marathon was a lifelong ambition, is running in aid of the school where her grandmother Rosemary Sanders Rose has been a governor for many years.

Katie Mills is running the London Marathon in aid of Mary Hare School.
Katie Mills is running the London Marathon in aid of Mary Hare School.

Mrs Mills said: “I have been running lots. I did an 18 miler at the weekend so I’m feeling like I'm getting there. I’m really excited for race day now.”

Mrs Sanders Rose added: “Mary Hare gives young deaf children the best opportunities through their specialist education and the school also helps pupils to build their self-confidence enabling them to become independent young people.

“Pupils develop long-lasting friendships and have a better chance of succeeding in their life-long ambitions. I am very proud of my granddaughter taking on this challenge.”

A wager has been created for all donors to guess Mrs Mills’ running time and the winners will receive a bottle of Champagne.

To support Katie’s fundraiser, visit Mary Hare's website.

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