Fiona Oakes I’m honoured to be a patron of an organisation that campaigns on behalf of captive animals. Animals aren’t here for our entertainment, whether that be in a circus, zoo, aquarium or any other place. I fully support the tremendous work Freedom for Animals [formerly known as Captive Animals’ Protection Society]is doing in bringing an end to this suffering. Fiona runs the Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary in Essex and is also an elite marathon runner, being invited to take part in marathons throughout the world. Her animal family now extends to almost 300 individuals – anyone from a hamster to fully grown cow! Committing to offer a home for life, all of the animals under Fiona’s loving care will remain with her for the remainder of their lives. She runs 80-100 miles each week in training, seeing the marathons as a way of promoting a healthy vegan lifestyle. In addition to all of this, Fiona still manages to find time to actively support rescued animals in Russia, including ex-circus animals. Her work also extends to helping disadvantaged young African women too. The Lornah Kiplagat Foundation in Kenya provides young girls with education, opportunity to train as athletes and information about HIV.