Jennie runs for The Willow Foundation

Jennie Davies with her dad Johnny Briggs.

Jennie Davies with her dad Johnny Briggs. - Credit: Archant

A PORTISHEAD mum will take on the London Marathon this weekend in aid of a charity supporting seriously ill adults.

Jennie Davies with her dad Johnny Briggs.

Jennie Davies with her dad Johnny Briggs. - Credit: Archant

Jennie Davies is raising money for The Willow Foundation, which provides special days out for seriously ill people aged from 16-40.

It is a cause her father, former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs, has supported for some time.

Jennie, aged 34 and a mum-of-two, said: “Since dad relocated from Manchester to Portishead I have learned more about the foundation.

“It is a small charity set up by an ex-footballer who realised there are lots of charities that cater for the old and the young but not for the ages in between.

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“They do such amazing work and I want to raise awareness of that.”

Sunday’s marathon follows on from Jennie completing the Bristol Half Marathon last year. The Fennel Road resident has also taken part in a number of 10k running events in aid of charities including Penny Brohn Cancer Care in Pill.

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She began her training for the 26-mile challenge at the start of the year and has been giving herself just one day off per week from her rigorous regime of running, pilates and sessions on a cross-trainer.

Jennie, who works for Lloyds TSB in Bristol, added: “I have completed two 20-mile runs from my front door, into Bristol and back again.

“I never thought I would ever be able to run for 20 miles.”

Jennie hopes to raise at least £2,000 for The Willow Foundation.

Anyone wishing to sponsor her can do so online at

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