Press release: TOWIE stars swap Essex for London

- For Immediate Release -

Billi Mucklow and Cara Kilbey, stars of the hit TV show The Only Way is Essex have today announced that they will be running the 2012 Virgin London Marathon in support of Samaritans.

The TV stars are putting their glamorous lifestyle on hold as they swap their stilettos for sneakers, joining thousands of people in running this year’s Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday 22 April.

Together, Billi and Cara are hoping to raise an impressive £10,000 for Samaritans, the charity that supports anyone feeling down, unhappy, anxious and struggling to cope.

The girls are planning a number of fundraising events to help them reach their target, supporters can find out more on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Cara said: “We know how important a service like Samaritans is, my mum has experienced depression and our friends Frankie and Joey Essex lost their mother to suicide. We want people to realise that it is ok to talk about their problems, and if they feel they cant talk to family or friends, Samaritans is there round the clock.”

Billi said: “Cara and I are taking our training really seriously, we’ve been going for runs in-between filming for TOWIE and we want to make all our supporters proud. We are urging all our fans to dig-deep, sponsor us and help raise vital funds for Samaritans!”

To help Cara and Billi reach their huge fundraising target, please sponsor them by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page:

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For more information about the work of Samaritans, please contact Claire Duncan 020 8394 8345 or email

Billi and Cara are represented exclusively by Jade Reuben 0772 525 2525 at Neon Management

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About Samaritans

Samaritans is here for anyone feeling down and depressed or struggling to cope. Our volunteers are available 24/7 to offer confidential support by phone: 116 123, email:, or face-to-face. Visit for details of your local branch.