Loving Karyn Ashcroft is following her passion for raising money for charity by taking part in the Great North Run.
The teacher from Gosport will be taking part in the 13-mile run to fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Karyn is hoping to raise £400 for the charity in memory of her cousin Robert Tume, who died from the condition.
The 35-year-old says: ‘My passion for raising money for this amazing charity began when my cousin Robert, who suffered with the disease, sadly died at the young age of 19.
‘We were the same age so it hit me very hard, and seeing his health slowly deteriorate over the years was heart-breaking and devastating to the family.’
Karyn has another reason to fundraise for the charity as her nephew Brandon was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was two.
Karyn adds: ‘It was a devastating blow when my nephew Brandon, 17, was diagnosed. On the day I heard of his diagnosis I felt like a piece of my heart had just died.
‘Knowing that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is working to beat this condition is an absolute inspiration.’
With the race taking place in September, Karyn is well on her way to reaching the target.
She says: ‘Family and friends have been really supportive and I have already received £250 in donations.’
To make a donation to Karyn visit justgiving.com/Karyn-Ashcroft.