SHOP assistant Emma Hutchinson is preparing to do the Great North Run in memory of her cousin, who died this year at the age of 16.
The 18-year-old hopes to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis (CF), the disease which claimed the life of her cousin, Rebecca Cork, of River Garth, Darlington.
Miss Hutchinson, who has never taken part in any long distance event before, is building up her fitness with regular training runs from her home at Manor Cottage, in Winston, near Barnard Castle.
She has already collected more than [pounds]300 in sponsorship from friends and relatives ahead of the 13.1-mile race on Sunday, October 5.
She said: ?I was very sad about losing Rebecca, and I want to do all I can to help others who suffer from this awful illness.
?I aim to raise as much money asI can to fund research into it, so that other young people with CF can look forward to a brighter future. ? Anyone wishing to sponsor Miss Hutchinson can get in touch by logging onto justgiving. com/emma hutchinsonruns She has been training with her friend Joanne Slater, 18, of Barnard Castle, who is doing the run to raise funds for bowel cancer research.
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