A brother is taking on the London Marathon to help raise money for a cancer charity which crucially helped his family.
Jonathon Meade, 32, of Thame, is running the marathon on April 21 in aid of Leukaemia CARE after his sister, Rachel Hendricks, spent almost three years battling the cancer before recovering.
Mrs Hendricks was pregnant at the time of discovering she was ill. But Mr Meade said despite having to abort the baby there was an eventual good outcome when she recovered and had another child in October.
Tree surgeon Mr Meade said: “It was quite hard. You have always got nasty stuff in the back of your mind.
“I was meant to be her bone marrow transplant and it was a hell of a lot of pressure.
“Luckily she did get better. Me and my sister have always been very close.”
Mr Meade said he was targeting raising £2,000 for the charity which supports families dealing with leukaemia.
He added: “My sister had three kids and my brother in-law had to quit work to take care of them full time.
“CARE help you with some of the financial things. The way I see it, a lot of money goes into the research. Unfortunately the families do sometimes get forgotten.”
With the daunting 26.5 mile challenge lying ahead of him Mr Meade admitted he hates running.
“I’ve been training for six or eight months now,” he said. “It’s not too bad, it’s just the initial putting the trainers on and getting out there.”
Mr Meade added that he would be holding a barbecue to help raise funds and is targeting a finishing time of four hours 20 minutes.
To donate to Mr Mead visit www. justgiving.com/Jonathon-Meade