A FAMILY doctor and her husband have raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by running in a 10k challenge.
Accrington GP Jane Eccles and husband Simon, both 34, were on the starting line to set the runners off at the Tatton Park event last Sunday before taking part in the race themselves.
They were joined by Simon's sister, Fran Eccles-Bech.
The couple were running in tribute to the bravery of Simon's mum, Margaret Eccles, who has been battling cancer for over 19 years.
The mother-of-four was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 49.
After undergoing surgery, she remained free of the disease for nearly 10 years, enjoying a career in nursing. However, the illness has since returned, developing in her lungs and bones.
Jane, who works at the Peel House Medical Centre in Accrington, said: "I just want to do everything I can to support Simon and Fran and their amazing mum. As a GP I meet many people affected by cancer and fully realise the impact it has on families. Research into the disease is absolutely imperative."
Run organiser, Esther Hartas, said: "Simon, Jane and their family are fantastic ambassadors for Cancer Research UK and we were delighted that they set the runners off in tribute to Margaret."