TWO sisters are running the London Marathon to help women at risk of domestic abuse.

Hannah and Beth Pennington, from Bostock, have so far raised £3,000 of their £3,600 target for Refuge after being inspired by a domestic violence storyline in countryside drama The Archers.

The pair also hosted a pub quiz fundraiser in March at The Hall at Marthall, where businesses supported by offering prizes to the Cheshire Food and Drink Festival.

Beth, a junior doctor, said: “I have unfortunately had many patients in my care that have been affected by domestic violence.

“It is imperative we provide specialist domestic violence services for women and children.

“We are determined to reach our target, as every penny will go to protecting the victims that so desperately need this service provision."

The girls will train with their golden retriever Gin in preparation for the 26.2mile race in London on April 23.

Hannah, a Google employee, added: “It’s going to be a tough race but the support from friends and family has been amazing.

“Every pound we raise will inspire us to dig deep and keep on running.”

Refuge’s network of safe houses provides emergency accommodation for women and children when they are in need.

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Two women are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner every week.

“The demand on our services is overwhelming and Refuge is stretched to breaking point.

“Raising awareness of our work whilst raising funds is much needed and we are delighted to receive this support.”

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