Charlotte takes on a marathon challenge

SMILES From left, Liam's mum Sarah Woolrich with Liam Cranley and his aunt Charlotte Woolrich who is running the London Marathon. Picture: Sarah Standing (120853-1285)
SMILES From left, Liam's mum Sarah Woolrich with Liam Cranley and his aunt Charlotte Woolrich who is running the London Marathon. Picture: Sarah Standing (120853-1285)

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SUPER aunt Charlotte Woolrich has strapped on her training shoes in preparation to run the London Marathon for her nephew Liam Cranley who has cystic fibrosis.

The 32-year-old, of Serpentine Road, Fareham, is taking part in the race to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in his honour.

But, having only been selected to run for the charity around two weeks ago when someone else dropped out, she now has just a few weeks to raise a minimum of £2,000.

Charlotte had applied to run the London Marathon on behalf of CFT last year, but demand was so high that she was not selected, making her even more keen to succeed this year.

She added: ‘I regularly do things for the charity in honour of Liam, but I’ve always wanted to do something bigger.

‘His life expectancy is only 32 years old, which is the age I am now, so this year seemed like an important year to do so. It makes me quite emotional when I think about it. That’s why I have to get all the money.

‘I have to do it for him.’

In a bid to raise the cash before the marathon on April 22, Charlotte has organised a host of fundraising activities around her gruelling training.

So far her efforts have generated around £950 but Charlotte’s determined to meet the minimum target.

She said: ‘I have to get it all by race day, so the pressure’s really on.

‘If I can’t get it all in time, then I’ll have to continue fundraising for the charity afterwards until I get the full £2,000.

‘It will be hard to ask for money after I’ve done the race so I’m doing everything I can to boost donations now.’

Charlotte has held cake sales and is in the process of organising a coffee morning with children’s books and stationery and gift card stalls.

She’s roped in the help of fellow nurses and patients at her work in the rheumatology outpatients clinic at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, and many family members including Liam’s mum, Sarah Woolrich.

Sarah, 39, of St Francis Place, Havant, said: ‘We’re all working together to help Charlotte. We’re pulling out all the stops to make sure she gets the money she needs in such a short space of time.

‘Even Liam put in £10 of his own money the other day, and one of his friends at football donated £5 that he was given for scoring a goal.’

If you want to sponsor Charlotte, go to justgiving.com/charlotte-Woolrich0