Best mate’s marathon is nearing its target

BEST FRIENDS: Marathon fund-raiser Elisabeth Devey (left) with Natalie Wilson, diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour

BEST FRIENDS: Marathon fund-raiser Elisabeth Devey (left) with Natalie Wilson, diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour

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The best friend of a Burnley woman diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour is on the verge of cracking her charity fund-raising challenge.

Elisabeth Devey went into action with “Liz to the Limit” after she learned that Burnley mum Natalie Wilson had been told that doctors can do nothing more for her.

Former teaching assistant Natalie (34), of Ightenhill, has undergone two operations since last December. She was diagnosed with a tumour six years ago after going to the doctor with headaches.

Elisabeth set out to raise £10,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity after discovering that only 2% of Cancer Research funding is spent on brain tumour research, and she is doing it all in her trademark Disney Mickey Mouse ears.

To date her efforts have earned just short of £9,000,

Her first venture was to complete the Great Manchester 10km Run.

She lost three stones in weight so she could make a sky dive in September and weeks later joined four other of Natalie’s friends for a half marathon in Birmingham.

In January she is off to Florida to take part in the Disney marathon. She has vowed to shave off her hair when she reaches her financial goal to bring in even more cash.

Her latest effort was to organise a charity ball at the Fisherman’s Retreat, Ramsbottom.

Friends from Westholme School travelled from far and wide to support the event; one even travelled from Norway, another from Chicago.

“The ball was great and we actually raised £4781 on the night,” said Elisabeth. “I thought the most we could possibly make would be around £3,000, but we managed much more.

“Tom Daley is the charity’s patron and gave us a calendar as part of an auction and we also had a raffle and other bits of fund-raisers.

“It was an amazing night, more like a reunion. Now it is back to reality, pounding the streets to keep in training.

“I always wear my Mickey Mouse ears, just in case anyone spots them and wants to donate.”

To support Elisabeth’s efforts go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/liztothelimit or follow her progress on Twitter @liztothelimit.