A 73-YEAR-old Weston woman has raised an impressive £2,000 in her first ever London Marathon.

Sally Lumb, who tackled the challenge over the weekend (Sunday, April 21), raised the lump sum for Ashcombe Park Bowling Club's nominated charity, Marie Curie.

Sally completed the race in six hours, 46 minutes and 52 seconds, having been spurred on to help the charity who cared for her mum at the end of her life.

The bowling club member said: "I’ve never forgotten how brilliant the Marie Curie HCAs were at what was one of the worst times of my life and by running, and now having completed the London Marathon, I was able to pay tribute to each and every one of them and remember Mum all at the same time.

"Apart from the odd bus, I hadn't run since school sports day when I applied for a place and was successful."

Weston Mercury: Sally is a member of Ashcombe Park Bowling Club.Sally is a member of Ashcombe Park Bowling Club. (Image: Ashcombe Park Bowling Club)

Sally raised extra funds by allowing members to sign the back of her running top in memory of those that they had lost.

Sally Hopkins, Ladies Captain at Ashcombe Park Bowling Club, added: “We are all so proud of her. What an achievement. Marie Curie is such an amazing charity and her efforts and dedication will make such a difference to those who have need of their work.

"The Bowling Club will be fundraising throughout the year, with a Captain’s Charity Day and a quiz night taking place in the Summer.”

Donations can still be made to Sally's Just Giving page, which reads: "Mum had a major stroke and, like many others, it was devastating for her.

"I was her primary carer for years before and after she had her stroke, and looked after her, being on the end of the phone, taking her out in her wheelchair and liaising with her carers and making sure she indulged in the things she still loved, like ice cream, even though the mess was joyous!

"Keeping her dignity and giving her the best quality of life possible was important to me and the rest of the family.

"Sadly, Mum developed an infection that did not respond to treatment, but she (understandably, especially as she had completed an Advanced Directive) refused to go to hospital and so was prescribed palliative care by her very caring GP.

"Her carers were always kind and carried on with their visits throughout her last few weeks. However, they were unable to provide cover for the nights, but Marie Curie nurses stepped in and looked after her alternate nights, so I could have a night off.

"This was an absolute godsend but the thing I remember most was how kind and gentle they were."