VIDEO: Sunderland Harry Potter and Seven Dwarves star backs Sport Relief run

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INSPIRATIONAL Laura Whitfield is pulling on her trainers to support Sport Relief.

Laura, who has dwarfism, was asked to run a mile for the cause after appearing in Channel 4 show, The Seven Dwarves, which showed aspects of life for people who have her condition.

Sunderland's Laura Whitfield, from the ITV Channel 4 show Seven Dwarves pictured in training for Sport Relief...

Sunderland's Laura Whitfield, from the ITV Channel 4 show Seven Dwarves pictured in training for Sport Relief...

The 22-year-old from East Herrington has been training for the sponsored Sport Relief Mile which takes place in Gateshead on Sunday.

“I was at a VIP event and someone from the charity asked if I’d like to take part,” said Laura.

“I’m excited for the run. I think it’s a great way to raise money and it’s been really refreshing to get out running.

“It’s the type of event that brings everyone together. Even if everyone donates £1 it could make a huge difference.”

Money raised by Sport Relief runs and other events will help to change lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

As part of the event, Laura was invited to a care home to see how sport can help the elderly and keep them active.

The former St Anthony’s School pupil said: “It was great to be able to see exactly where the money goes.”

Last year, Laura featured in The Seven Dwarves which followed the lives of the seven people with dwarfism living together and performing in a panto production of Snow White.

Laura took up acting a few years ago and, as well as performing in pantomime, she has also worked in the Harry Potter films.

Speaking about appearing in the show, she said: “When we go out, there’s name-calling. They think we’re some sort of freaks. We want to show people we’re human beings just like them and we work hard.”

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