A dancer is to run the London Marathon in memory of teacher Donna George.
Charlotte Meyer, 27, has leapt into action to prepare herself for the gruelling 26.2mile race on April 24 as a homage to Donna, who taught her for 16 years.
And in the process, former Shelley High School pupil Charlotte hopes to raise more than £2,000 for the Brain Research Trust, following Donna’s sudden death from a brain haemorrhage in 2013.
It will add to the amount already raised by Donna’s family, who launched a campaign in 2014.
Charlotte who works for acclaimed dance venue Sadler’s Wells, said: “Getting the news of Donna’s death was devastating.
“I’d grown up with her because I had lessons with her up to three nights a week from when I was three to 19.
“She taught me tap, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance and without her I wouldn’t have got the job I have today.
“She urged my mum to let me go to competitions and got me serious about dance.
“She was such an inspiration to many people so I wanted to do something to honour her memory.”
Charlotte talked about the marathon.
“Last year a work colleague asked us to do the Race For Life.
“I’d never run before but it went really well.
“Once I’d done that I thought I thought I’d run a marathon, because it’s something I had always wanted to do.
“Training’s going really well despite the cold weather.
“The furthest I’ve run so far is 15 miles but I want to run 24 miles a couple of weeks before the big day.”
So far Charlotte has raised over £400 for the charity, which funds research into causes, treatment and prevention of brain diseases but wants to raise much more.
“I found out that it costs a lot of money for the charity to buy a place for people running the marathon for it like me.
“So I want to raise more than £2,000, which will only cover that cost, so that as much money as possible can go straight to research.
“This research is really important to prevent the same thing that happened to Donna from happening to someone else.
“Donna died really suddenly so we need to learn about the signs which could help people recognise something’s not right earlier.”
To donate to Charlotte’s cause, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charlotte-meyer