A HAIR salon manager completed the London Marathon last Sunday in memory of her mother who died from a brain tumour.

Helen Healy, 47, is set to raise £4,500 in total for charity, Brain Tumour Research. Her mother, Helena Esther Healy, an 83-year-old retired caterer from Langley, was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in 2016 after she began falling over and slurring her speech. She died three months later at Thames Hospice in Windsor. Ms Healy, who runs Toni and Guy in Ascot, said: “I’ve never been a natural runner and so running in the Marathon is a huge personal achievement. Remembering my mum’s determination throughout her illness spurred me on and I’m so pleased to have got to the finish line.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helenrunsformum

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Clare Macmillan raised £1,830 for the charity that helped her five-year-old niece live her brief life to the full.

Miss MacMillan, of Craufurd Drive, Maidenhead has loving memories of her sister Catherine’s five-year-old daughter Sara who died in 2016 - after battling Dandy Walker Syndrome, a congenital condition that affects muscle control. She was wheelchair bound but the disability charity, Sense, improved her quality of life.

Miss Macmillan said: “She had a huge love for music which was discovered during her music lessons at Sense.

“Our family will be forever grateful to Sense for providing us with the help and support that we greatly needed.” To run for Sense at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, visit www.sense.org.uk/londonmarathon