Rothesay resident ready to run in London Marathon

Andy Fielding will be running in the 2016 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 24, in aid of two animal charities.

Andy Fielding will be running in the 2016 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 24, in aid of two animal charities.

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A Rothesay man will be running in this weekend’s 2016 Virgin London Marathon, in aid of two animal charities.

Andy Fielding, who works for Caledonian MacBrayne and lives on the island, has been accepted as a runner in this year’s Marathon, and will be raising funds for the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals and for Great Dane Care.

PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need, in addition to promoting responsible pet ownership. Great Dane Care is a rescue charity based in Carmarthan in Wales, from where Andy and his family adopted Harvey, a fawn Great Dane, who sadly died from bone cancer last year, and Daisy - a harlequin coloured Great Dane - which they have now.

Andy says: “I am a huge animal lover, and the animals and I would be very grateful for any help we can get to enable me to raise as much money as I can for these very worthwhile causes.”

Andy is no stranger to the London Marathon, having previously participated in 2006 for the Meningitis Trust. The charity is close to Andy’s heart as he survived the worst form of this terrible illness at the age of four.

Although the marathon takes place this weekend (Sunday, April 24) you have until the end of May to donate, and can do so by visiting Andy’s JustGiving page.

Andy and his family will also be holding a fund-raising quiz night in Mac’s Bar on Friday, May 6 at 8.30pm. Any donation of raffle prizes would be gratefully received.