A MUM-OF-FIVE is set to run 26 miles through the streets of London as a tribute to her niece who is suffering from a brain tumour.
Mrs Rachel Bassano (44) is being helped by pupils from St Joseph’s Park Hill School in Burnley, where her three younger children attend lessons, to reach her fund-raising target.
She is running the London Marathon for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust along with her sister Judy Legg, whose eight-year-old daughter Olivia is battling the cancer.
Olivia and her mum currently live in Amsterdam but will be travelling to England this week in preparation for Sunday’s event.
Mrs Bassano, who lives in Southfield, Nelson, has been working under the guidance of a personal trainer and has been practising running along the canal.
To take part in the marathon she needs to raise £2,500 and while she is getting plenty of support from family, friends, local businesses and St Joseph’s pupils she is still some way off her target.
Between medical treatments in the UK, Olivia has spent time at St Joseph’s Park Hill School and captured the imagination of youngsters there.
To help raise money they have been decorating egg cups, filling them with chocolate and selling them in school and some have even been donating their own pocket money.
Mrs Bassano has also been getting moral support from husband Alarick and her children, aged 16, 13, nine, seven and six.
“I’m really shocked because the older ones are really really good and supportive and they work out how many miles I’ve been running,” she said.
“But when I go running the younger ones keep asking me when I am going to be home to look after them. All the family are coming to London to watch. I think after the Marathon we will be going straight to the pub.”
To sponsor Mrs Bassano visit www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Bassano.