Running the London Marathon in aid of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation.
One of Elena's dear friends and old hitting partner, Harry Skinner, is taking on the mammoth challenge of the London Marathon in aid of charity. His chosen charity is the Children's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), of which Elena, or Bally as we all knew her was patron of.
He has taken the time out of his busy training schedule and travelling to explain the reasons behind taking on this challenge.
'My dear friend and former training partner Bally passed away last year from liver cancer. Her passing was the motivation for me to attempt a challenge I've wanted to do for some time - The London Marathon. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to run it and raise money for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation, the charity of which she was patron. Bally was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) at 19 years of age. PSC affects the bile ducts in the liver and from that point onward, Bally would have to take up to 16 tablets a day and refrain from alcohol at all times. To think she achieved what she did in tennis whilst managing a condition such as this - it speaks volumes about her strength of character. Training has so far been tough, due me having to manage runner's knee. Now, my health is back and I'm putting in the work to get ready for this tough challenge. I’m thrilled to be doing this in honour of my friend and any donations are much appreciated by both myself and the CLDF.'Harry Skinner