In just over a month the hotel’s HR Manager Vicki Ivory will be facing a marathon of a completely different kind when she takes to the streets of the capital.

For Vicki is running the London Marathon on April 23 for a cause that is very close to her heart.

Her friend Katy lost her son Lukas to medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumour, in 2013.  He was just three-years-old and a close friend of Vicki’s son Benjamin – they were born just two days apart.

So Vicki is tackling the gruelling 26.2 miles of the famous London course to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Manchester.

She said: “Katy and her husband Andrew, along with their newborn daughter Violet, spent much of 2013 using the facilities in Ronald McDonald House whilst Lukas underwent treatment in the Manchester Children’s Hospital.  They were provided with a home away from home, a place of sanctuary amongst all the chaos of their lives at that time.

“Since Lukas passed away they have raised funds and continue to sponsor ‘The Railway Room’ in Lukas’s honour.  He was a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine so this is a fitting tribute.”

Vicki says she intends to run, walk or crawl her way over the finish line and all she wants at the end is to raise lots of money and enjoy a welcome glass of prosecco!

Vicki would be incredibly grateful for any sponsorship. Support can be pledged at

For more information about Ronald McDonald House and the support they provide please click on the below link.  When you click the picture you will see Lukas’ sister Violet and her Dad Andrew.