First-time marathon runner Laura Singleton and her army of well-wishers have raised more than £3,000 for a children’s charity.
The 31-year-old mum-of-four from Billington, who first took up running to lose weight and get fit, was offered a substitute place in the London Marathon and had just over two months to prepare.
She crossed the finishing line after four hours 43 minutes to receive her finisher’s medal.
Laura was running in aid of Tofs, a charity for children who are unable to swallow because of the rare conditions Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) and Oesophageal Atresia (OA).
“We set up a fund-raising page and the target was £1,500, but we’re up to £3,160 at the last count and the money’s still coming in,” said Laura.
“It’s been overwhelming. I’ve had hundreds of messages of support on Facebook and Twitter.”
Laura started her fitness regime more than two years ago to lose four stones in weight and shrink from to a size 20 to a trim size eight.
She started supporting the Tofs charity because her friend Kay Leech, from Mellor, has a daughter Harriet who suffers from the condition.
Earlier this year, Laura organised an 80-hour fancy dress spinning marathon with friends at Oakhill Academy, Whalley, raising more than £800.
She said: “I’ve done a couple of 10K runs but London was my first marathon. I was so pleased to finish and I’m really happy with my time.”
Donations can be made to: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/laurasingleton2014
Laura gets a hug from her dad, Colin Price, at the finish. (s)