8:00am Friday 11th October 2013
TWO sporty mums are tackling the Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for a charity set up by the family of a girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just four.
Bettina Bell, 40, and Ali Merifield, 30, both of Romanby, Northallerton, are running the race in York on October 20 in aid of Naomi's Fight for Life Fund.
The charity was set up by Lucy Savage after her daughter Naomi, now aged ten, was found to have a tumour the size of an orange in 2007.
The youngster underwent three operations and a brutal regime of chemotherapy.
Earlier this year the Fight for Life Fund became an umbrella group of national charity Brain Tumour Research, which campaigns to find a cure for brain cancer and raise awareness of the symptoms.
Ms Bell and Mrs Merifield, who both have children at Romanby Primary School with Naomi, said their main aim is just to complete the 26.2 mile course.
Mrs Merifield, who also raised money for the fund at her 30th birthday party in August, said: "If you're going to do something as big as a marathon, it makes sense to raise some money for such a good cause."
Naomi said: "I just feel so grateful because it shows how much people really care."
To donate, go to www.justgiving.co.uk/Naomi-1
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