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Hollyoaks stars run for charity.

Summary: Four Hollyoaks stars are getting set to tackle the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for charity.

Four Hollyoaks stars are getting set to tackle the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for charity.

Nicole Barber-Lane, Loui Batley, John Pickard and Junade Khan, who play Myra, Sarah, Dom and Ash in the soap, are hoping to raise cash for The Prostate Cancer Charity, Whizz-Kidz and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Barber-Lane, who is running for The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "I ran the marathon last year, two days after my dad had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and I happened to bump into a girl dressed as a pink fairy who was running for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

"I took it as a sign and this year I will run for the charity and for my dad.

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Some 35,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year, and one man dies every hour.

"It's a great charity and I really want to help raise as much money as I can for them."

Batley and her real-life boyfriend, Simon Lawson, have chosen to support Whizz-Kidz, a charity that gives young wheelchair-users independence through customised equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, and training.

She said: "It's a common joke among my friends that I can't even walk to the end of the road without breaking into a sweat but you can bet your life I'll make it to the finishing line and hopefully without my boyfriend having to carry me!

"Whizz-Kidz is an amazing charity and I'll be thinking of my goal every step of the way."

Pickard and Khan will both be running for Leonard Cheshire Disability, which supports disabled people to live life their way and campaigns to change attitudes to disability.

Pickard said: "I'm thrilled to be taking part in the marathon; not only is it a huge physical challenge for me, but it's for a cause close to my heart, having visited one of Leonard Cheshire Disability's services in Merseyside, I know what a difference the right support can make to the lives of disabled people."

Khan said: "Leonard Cheshire Disability's a great charity that I'm keen to support and I can't wait to complete the London Marathon."

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