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Firefighter runs London Marathon for 11-year-old with Vitiligo

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 October 2010

Firefighter Chris... Marathon practice at Tower Bridge

Firefighter Chris... Marathon practice at Tower Bridge

FIREFIGHTER Chris Walsh is training by the Tower of London for next week’s Marathon to raise funds for an 11-year-old girl suffering from Vitiligo. He wants to raise £1,000 for a girl who has the disease that causes loss of skin colour and leaves her with little protection from the sun

By Mike Brooke

FIREFIGHTER Chris Walsh is busy training by the Tower of London for next week's big Marathon to raise funds for an 11-year-old girl suffering from Vitiligo.

The 27-year-old based at Stratford fire-station in East London wants to raise £1,000 for his crewmate's daughter Olivia, who has the disease that causes loss of skin colour and leaves her with little protection from the sun.

"Olivia is one brave little girl," said Chris. "I've been training at least five times a week getting ready for the Marathon and am hoping to finish in just under four hours."

He is completing in the London Marathon on April 25 in support of the Vitiligo Society.

But he is no newcomer to the gruelling 26-mile race, which winds its way through East London, the City and Westminster. He has run in several marathons both in London and abroad.

Chris, who is asking for online sponsors on the Just Giving website, is running in the London Fire Brigade's new kit, which was unveiled on April 1.

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