Keen runner Georgia Crabtree is due to take part in the Great North Run for the first time this weekend.
The 21-year-old, of Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, is a recent costume design and making graduate from Nottingham Trent University who currently works at the Theatre Royal.
She will be running in Sunday’s event to raise funds for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), a charity close to her heart.
“My younger brother, Cameron, was diagnosed with auto-immune liver disease five years ago,” she explained.
“It was a very hard time for us as a family and the emotional support we got from CLDF really helped – in fact I’m convinced my family would not be in the place we are today without this charity.
“Fortunately, apart from making a few lifestyle changes and taking daily medication, Cameron is currently able to enjoy life as much as any other 19-year-old boy. However, because I understand the shattering impact which a diagnosis of liver disease has on a family, I really want to ensure that CLDF continues to be there for others in the same situation.”
A former Westley Middle School and King Edward VI School pupil, Georgia fell in love with cross country running at a young age and used to belong to Bury running club, Saint Edmund Pacers.
She also ran in the London Triathlon last month, alongside her mother, Sarah, who swam and her father, Bruce, who cycled.
“The Great North Run is something I have always wanted to do as I have been a regular runner since I was 11 and this is such a big event on the running calendar,” she said.
“I’m quite nervous but I’ve trained hard for it so, whatever happens happens - I just want to finish it,” she added.
Georgia hopes to complete the run in less than two hours and, having already smashed her £350 fund-raising target, now wants to raise as much as she can.
Alison Taylor, CLDF chief executive, said: “CLDF takes action against childhood liver disease by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected.
“In order to do this, however, we rely on community fund-raising for the majority of our income, so we are really grateful that Georgia has decided to do this for us. The Great North Run is a wonderful event and we hope she thoroughly enjoys the experience.”
To support Georgia, go to www.justgiving.com/georgiacrabtree
For details on CLDF, visit childliverdisease.org