SHEPLEY mother-of two Julie Sykes will be putting herself through the agonies of her first marathon to raise cash for leukaemia sufferers.
The 46-year-old will pound the streets in the London Marathon on April 18.
She will be raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust and described it as one of the biggest challenges she has faced.
The trust was set up more than 30 years ago to recruit volunteers to provide bone marrow donations to help leukaemia sufferers.
It needs more than £12.5m a year to carry out its work. It costs £70 just to do tissue typing tests for every new donor who wants to join the register.
Julie and husband Peter have been on the register for 15 years. They have two children Jessica, 12, and Adam, 10, who will be shouting Julie on.
"For every mile of the marathon, I want someone, some business, some organisation, to sponsor me - individually or collectively - for £70.
"If I could raise more than that it would be fantastic."
If you want to support Julie's marathon effort she has a web page which can take donations on-line at www.justgiving.com/1820 or ring 01484 604293.