A community runner is set to support a Wyre Forest charity hospice when she takes on the upcoming London Marathon.

Nicki Fisher, who has been through gruelling months of preparation, will raise money for KEMP Hospice by participating in the iconic long-distance run in the capital on Sunday, April 21.

Ms Fisher, who received a ballot place at this year's marathon, said: "Running the London Marathon is a huge opportunity for me, and I am absolutely thrilled to have been given a ballot place.



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"I’m running in memory of some wonderful friends who I had the absolute pleasure of knowing but were sadly taken away from us too soon.

"Their families were supported by KEMP, as are so many others in the area so I’m grateful to everyone who has donated.”

Despite the setbacks during her training such as chest infection and pulled muscle from falling, Ms Fisher remains motivated.

She said: "Training has been a struggle to be honest.

"I’m back on track with my training now having run 20 miles on the weekend, but it's inevitable that's it's going to hurt.

"No matter what though, I’m determined to get round, even if I have to crawl."

Head of fundraising and communications Jayne Sargeant said: "We are so grateful to Nicki for choosing to run for KEMP Hospice.

"The London Marathon is such a big challenge, not just on the day, but the dedication it takes to train, particularly during the Winter months.

"Having been battling illness and injury only makes Nicki’s commitment to raising funds for KEMP Hospice all the more inspiring".

Ms Fisher, who has already raised over £1,200 for the hospice, concluded: "It's getting very real now, but I'm determined to dig deep, keep on going and finish the full 26.2 miles in honour of my friends and all those supported by KEMP Hospice."