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Andrew Coombes

Twenty-six-point-two is the magic number for accountant Andrew

Tax advisor Andrew Coombes is ac-counting on the generosity of friends and colleagues to boost the bottom line of a Wiltshire charity during this Sunday’s London Marathon.

Andrew will be running his first marathon in aid of Devizes Opportunity Centre, the nursery for babies and toddlers with a wide range of learning difficulties, which lost £10,000 of government funding.

“I was lucky enough to get a place on the general ballot,” said Andrew, a partner at David Owen & Co in Devizes and Marlborough.

“The marathon gives me an opportunity to raise money for a very worthwhile local case.”

Andrew, a former Devizes Town centre forward from 1993 to 2005, has completed four half marathons – Reading twice, Bristol, and Devizes.

The 26 mile, 385 yard London race – which takes place on Sunday – will be his first full marathon, and he’s looking to finish in under four hours.

But he’s already smashed one personal best – doubling his £500 fundraising target to £1,100 so far.

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