A PHARMACEUTICAL engineer from Northwich has raised more than £3,000 after completing the London Marathon in memory of her mum who died from breast cancer.

Dr Anna Parsons, 48, took on Sunday’s gruelling 26-mile race in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of her mum Janet, who died aged 38.

"My mum was 36 when she was diagnosed and 38 when she passed away in 1983," said Anna.

"I was only 10 at the time, but remember enjoying sewing, baking and gardening with her – she was very creative.

"I wanted to support a charity related to cancer in memory of my mum.

"My dad told me he was offered help from Macmillan, but he wanted to care for her himself.

"But following my own experience, I think the work Macmillan does to support families during a very difficult, uncertain and emotional time will make a real difference, both to those caring for people and to those who are dealing with cancer."

Anna – who also lost her uncle to cancer – has so far raised £3155.36 after receiving sponsors and donations from generous colleagues at AstraZeneca, the manufacturers of the Oxford Covid vaccine.

Although last weekend’s epic race was her first marathon, Anna is no stranger to getting her running shoes on as a member of Northwich running club, and has previously ran half marathons.

Marathons also run in the family.

Anna recalled: "My dad ran the Wirral marathon in 1982 – I went to watch with my mum and I remember running the last few meters to cross the line with him which inspired me.

"Part of my reason for running the marathon is to celebrate how lucky I am to have had 10 more years of life than my mum."

Anna completed the London Marathon in three hours and 40 minutes.

She said: "It was the most amazing experience – the noise and crowds were unbelievable.

"The last six miles were very tough but thinking about all the kind donations people made and their messages kept me going."

To donate to Anna’s fundraising, visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=AnnaParsons5&pageUrl=1