Dovetail's Lara Ballard takes on the 2017 London Marathon
13 April 2017

Dovetail's Lara Ballard takes on the 2017 London Marathon

The Dovetail Agency

With less than a week to go until the 2017 London Marathon, we are routing for our very own Dovetail team member, Lara Ballard who is running on behalf of Shooting Star Chase, a charity that she was introduced to by patron and former superstar boss Dame Joan Collins.

As the training officially slows down, we catch up with her to find out more.


Everyone has a few sporting challenges that they wish to complete in their lifetime. For some it's climbing a mountain, some it's swimming the channel, others it may be something as simple as learning to ride a bike. For me it has always been the London Marathon however finding the right charity to run for had always been the overriding difficulty, given that there are now so many incredibly worthwhile causes.


Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. This is from the point of diagnosis right up until end of life as well as the months and years after, a time where often support in other organisations ends, yet this is in fact the most crucial time that the service is needed. The hospice needs £10million a year just to keep running.


Over the past couple of years, I have been lucky enough to work alongside Dame Joan in supporting the charity, attending events, fundraising and meeting the incredible families and children the hospice look after. The Shooting Star Chase community is one I feel privileged to be a part of and I am so proud to now be able to call some of the staff, children and families my very close friends. The work they do is something I've become overwhelmingly passionate about and I wanted to go ahead and do something on my own accord to support the incredible work they do. So here I am running a Marathon.


Marathon training has been more challenging than I ever expected, the time, effort and overall determination required is something I was certainly not prepared for. I would be incredibly grateful for any donations, no matter how small. Not only will you be contributing towards a truly life-changing charity but you will also be giving me the encouragement and motivation to hit my target and most importantly get across the finish line.

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We know you can do it Lara!