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Norfolk fundraiser bearing up well in his unusual London Marathon bid

Have you spotted Bernard the Bear running around Norfolk?

The man behind the mask is Ashley Grote, Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral, whose training for the London Marathon looks a little different this year.

He's doing it dressed as Great Ormond Street Hospital's mascot - raising thousands of pounds to say thank you to the staff who treat his daughter Emily.

She was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour aged three - but Great Ormond Street help her to live a normal life.

Ashley and Emily try on his unusual running gear. Credit: ITV News Anglia

This year will be Ashley's fourth London Marathon.

He has raised more than £60,000 for GOSH and is determined to push that total even higher with his latest fundraising page.

Ashley out training as Bernard the Bear. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"At the end of last year's marathon, Bernard the Bear was there greeting all the runners at the finish.

"I asked one of the fundraisers whether Bernard himself had ever run the marathon. They said no, would I like to?"

– Ashley Grote

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