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A ferret is raising hundreds for charity by running a marathon

We all got behind Captain Tom Moore – and rightly so – but we all need to do the same this time around and get behind this sweet ferret who’s raising money for charity.

Eight-month-old Bandit is running a marathon for charity, completing up to three miles a day alongside his owners.

He’s now raised £870 from his efforts, with hopes that his total will continue to rise as he goes. The chosen charities are The Children’s Book Project and art charity At The Bus.

Bandit averages a 2pmh pace and lives on a diet of pellets – which keeps his little two-pound self in fine-tuned condition.

The furry fundraiser takes place in woods near The Ridings, Oxford, and was started by Bandit’s owners – the Woods family.

Dad Jim, mum Arabella, and kids Rosie and Poppy take their beloved pet out each day to raise money for their chosen children’s charities.

The effort began as part of the ‘2.6 Challenge’ on what should have been the day of the London Marathon. But with Bandit showing no sign of tiring, the family decided to go for the complete 26.2 miles.

Jim said: ‘The little guy is making a great effort for an animal that doesn’t do straight lines.

‘He seems to love it and is getting a lot of attention – from a distance – from other people out getting their exercise. You can see people trying to work out what he is.

‘It’s good to be doing something to help which also makes people smile.

‘Our concern is that Bandit will think this is “the new normal” and we will have to carry on doing this every day.’

As well as the mini marathon – which Bandit is expected to complete this weekend – the Woods’ are putting together bundles of books and creative resources which are being handed out to thousands of young people in the Oxfordshire area.

Jim added: ‘Children in disadvantaged areas are being badly hit as they can’t go to school and haven’t got the devices to learn online.

‘We need to get these bundles to kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access books.

‘We are very proud of Bandit. Maybe the cat can provide a nice mouse for a treat for him when he finishes.’

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