Bestselling Yorkshire children's author Hannah Russell is taking on the Simplyhealth Great North Run on Sunday 8 September to raise funds for international animal welfare charity, Brooke, which protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.
Hannah is best known for writing the Little Alf book series, which is based on the fictional adventures of her miniature Shetland pony of the same name. Since publishing her first book, The Magical Adventure of Little Alf – The Discovery of the Wild Pony, at the age of 17, Little Alf has become a social media sensation.
This will be Hannah's first Simplyhealth Great North Run after injury sadly forced her to pull out last year. She said: “I'm so excited to get stuck in with training and raise awareness for Brooke this September. Even though Little Alf won't be able to join me on the day, I know he'll be with me every step of the way as I train.”
Hannah has fundraised for the charity in the past and was recently named as an Ambassador, with a specific focus on engaging young people between the ages of 8 and 25. Brooke works across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to bring lasting change to working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them. Currently, 100 million equines are working to support the livelihoods of over 600 million people in the developing world.
Hannah said: “Brooke is a brilliant global charity that's very close to my heart. Sadly, there are millions of working equines desperately in need who aren't as lucky as Little Alf. I hope to raise awareness and inspire more people to get involved with this fantastic cause.”
As well as her writing, Hannah owns The Little Alf Shop near her home in Leyburn and the newly launched Pink Fitness Boutique, an online store selling fashionable fitness clothing.
Hannah's charitable work also extends to Russell Rhino, her online clothing store which donates 20% of every sale directly to Helping Rhinos, an international charity working to save the rhino from extinction, for which Hannah is also an Ambassador.
The Simplyhealth Great North Run takes place on Sunday 8 September. The 13.1 mile journey runs from Newcastle's city centre to the coast in South Shields.
You can sponsor Hannah's run at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hannah-russell16
To find out more about how you can fundraise for Brooke, visit www.thebrooke.org/get-involved