THE cousin of a teenage leukaemia suffer who lost her battle with the illness is to run a marathon in her memory.

Nikki Callaghan, 23, a trainee solicitor from Fenay Bridge, is hoping to raise £1,500 for charity Children with Leukaemia by running the London Marathon on April 17.

Her cousin, Jamie Haigh, 14, died from the illness last year - prompting Nikki to get running.

She said: "Because I saw Jamie suffering at first hand I decided I had to do something to help. Running was one way I could do that."

Nikki and her sister Lauren, 21, took part in the Great North Run with friends last year.

They raised £1,500 between them and now Nikki wants to match that figure.

"I enjoyed the run last year and thought I would have a go at the London Marathon," she said.

"I am looking forward to it but I am nervous as well. I am training five times a week and going to the gym to prepare."

Jamie's mum Maxine and step-dad Martin have already raised thousands for leukaemia charities. More than 100 people joined the Anthony Nolan Trust bone marrow register after they urged Huddersfield people to join the list in November 2003.

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