A CHILDREN'S party entertainer from Bodmin will be turning heads when he runs the London Marathon in April by modelling balloon hats along the 26-mile route.
Harry Kazzam, aka Andrew Dauncey, will be running with his wife Louise to raise awareness and funds for Cornwall Hospice Care.
The entertainer has for many years supported the charity's events by performing magic shows and balloon modelling to entertain the crowds.
This year he plans to enhance his fundraising by undertaking the marathon as part of the Cornwall Hospice Care Golden Bond marathon team.
Mr Dauncey said: "During my time entertaining, I got acquainted with a fantastic bunch of people who do amazing work with Cornwall Hospice Care, and I made a flippant remark that I might have a go at the marathon for the charity, and now both Louise and I will be taking part.''
He admits neither he nor his wife are particularly healthy but both have been training hard.
"Both of us are using this as a reason to change. It's a challenge for us in a big way. Seeing as we are doing it, we wanted to raise as much money as possible by raising the stakes.
"I read about a woman who knitted a scarf while running a marathon, and it set me to thinking, 'I can't knit but I can tie balloon hats','' said Mr Dauncey.
He and Louise join a team of 22 runners who are all taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon. The Cornwall Hospice Care runners have pledged to raise more than £25,000.
To sponsor the entertainer, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HarryKazzam