A CARING granddaughter will take on the London Marathon to raise money for charity in memory of her grandfather, who lost a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Emma Lewis, a teacher at Sandy Lane primary school will run the 26.2-mile race to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society that helped her grandfather during his hardest times.

Colin Lewis lost a long and brave battle with both Alzheimer’s and cancer just before Christmas last year.

Ms Lewis looked for a way to honour her late grandfather while giving back to the community.

She said: “I wanted to turn my Grandad’s ill health and death into something positive and to raise money for a charity that had supported both my Grandad and my family while he was unwell, so I applied for a charity place on the Alzheimer’s team.

“Training for, and eventually running the London Marathon, has been the biggest challenge of my life to date.

“I have been training four-times-a-week and have devoted a lot of my time to my fundraising and training efforts.

“I am really looking forward to the day and experiencing the atmosphere that London has to offer.

“My Grandad passed away knowing that I was running the marathon and I hope to make him and my family proud on the day by running in his memory.”

As well as running the marathon, Ms Lewis is attempting to raise more than £2,000 for the charity and has been taking part in various activities to pull together the funds.

She has organised events such as a charity Zumbathon which raised more than £500 and brought together 50 people.

The students at Sandy Lane are also in support of their teacher with a fundraising ‘no uniform’ day.

Visit her funding page at: www.justgiving.com/emmalewis2018