FUNDRAISING NEWS: Politicos in running to raise 'Ella' funds

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is set to raise £100,000 from three of Tony Blair's inner circle, who have pledged to compete in next year's London Marathon.

The Running for Ella campaign is inspired by Ella Owen, one of 7,500 young cystic fibrosis sufferers in the UK. Her father, Ed, who is a special adviser to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, has persuaded two friends, Justin Russell, a policy advisor to the PM and Mark Davies, a political journalist, to join him.

Owen said: "Ella looks and behaves like every other one-year-old, but she requires daily drugs and physiotherapy and has a life expectancy of about 30."

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