A mother-of-two will be lacing up her running shoes in memory of a friend’s nine-year-old daughter who died from a rare form of brain cancer.
Nicola Saunders, 32, of Barley Close, Newmarket, will be taking part in the Paris Marathon on April 7 to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The businesswoman and ex-firefighter was asked to take part by close friend Lisa Bell, from Exning, whose daughter, Sophie, lost her year-long battle with a brain tumour just two days after Christmas.
Nicola’s fundraising total was boosted on Friday when local band Macca performed a charity gig at the town’s White Hart pub. Nicola and Lisa collected £257.32 on the night.
Nicola, who is being sponsored by Harriet’s Tea Rooms and Trianik Cleaners Ltd, said she found juggling work, parenting and training difficult, but was determined to do about 60km a week to prepare for the 26.2-mile challenge.
She added: “This beautiful and inspirational little girl’s life was ended way too soon and maybe one day we can win against this dreadful killer and put an end to the loss and suffering.”
Lisa said: “When I challenged Nicola to do the Paris Marathon last year I knew she would take it on and give 100 per cent.
“To do this in memory of my daughter and for the newly set up Sophie’s Smile Fund for The Brain Tumour Charity is very special.
“We are very proud of her and immensely grateful.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/niknaksmarathon or text NIKs66 £5 to 70070.