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Meet the Mapperley man running the London Marathon and raising charity cash

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A Mapperley man is preparing to tackle the London Marathon to raise cash for a special cause.

James Billington, 43, will take part in the iconic run for Ella’s charity on Sunday (23).

He will join more than 40,000 other runners in the Capital to raise money for his chosen charity, which works with women who’ve survived trafficking and exploitation.

James is married to Sam and works for Nottingham-based company SDL Surveying and this will be his fifth marathon.

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James said: “I started running in 2006, when I joined a gym and lost 10 stone in weight – and I kept on running.

“If you’d have told me back then that I’d go on to run five marathons, I wouldn’t have believed you!’

“I first heard about Ella’s at a work conference. It was about surveying and property, and Ella’s were there talking about the safe houses they run, and I felt really inspired by the stories.

“It’s been great running for a small charity, where I know the money I raise will make a big difference among some of the UK’s most vulnerable women.’

‘People have very much gotten behind me during my training and fundraising efforts. My employer,

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“SDL Surveying will double whatever I raise, which is great.”

James’ family are also supporting his charity challenge.

“My dad says he’ll donate an extra £50 if I get a PB on the day,” he said.

James has raised £800 so far. His total will be doubled by his workplace after the race, meaning he’s on track to raise more than £1,500 for Ella’s.

Emily Chalke, Co-Director at Ella’s, says the team at Ella’s are extremely grateful for James’ support.

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She said: “The support we provide at Ella’s is crucial for women who’ve survived trafficking and other forms of violence. Without it, many would fall back into danger.

“The fundraising efforts of people like James play a significant part in making our work possible, so we are very thankful. We’ll be there cheering for him on the day!’

The link to sponsor James is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pleasehelpjames

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