Haslemere business owner Kate Renninson, whose company Molly Moocow has been entertaining children for the past 20 years, will run the London Marathon in April to celebrate her company’s 20th birthday and raise money for Haslemere-based charity Action for A-T.

Kate, who has run the Great South Run and the Royal Parks Half in the past for the charity, is determined to complete the 26.2 mile race and raise at least £2,000 for Action for A-T, a cause close to her heart.

Action for A-T is a small charity that focuses on funding medical research to find a cure or effective treatments for Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), a devastating childhood condition that can cause physical and emotional challenges.

The charity, which was founded in 2012 by parents of a child diagnosed with A-T, has become the leading charitable funder of A-T medical research in the UK.

Kate first became involved with the charity when she met a family whose daughter had been diagnosed with A-T.

At 51 years old and with a couple of injuries, Kate’s training for the marathon will be a challenge, but she is determined to succeed with the help of a good physio and lots of encouragement.

“My goal is just to make it round the 26.2 miles in one piece and raise at least £2,000 for this amazing charity,” she said.

Molly Moocow, which has been entertaining children in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex for the past 20 years, runs pre-school music and movement classes at local venues and in nursery settings.

Despite competition from national franchises, the small business has managed to thrive and maintain a loyal customer base because of its commitment to providing high-quality, engaging classes for young children.