SUSANNAH Quill, a school teacher and mum from Tenbury, is in training to run the London Marathon next month.

She is fundraising for SOFT UK, a charity which supports families of children affected by Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18.

Susannah's son Rupert had full Trisomy 18 (or Edward's syndrome) and died in utero at 22 weeks of pregnancy.

Susannah found enormous comfort in running; she said 'Running is my therapy and my friend'.

When considering how to raise funds for the small charity that helped her and her husband Simon so much at the worst time in their lives, Susannah felt there was no more appropriate way than to run the London Marathon in Rupert's memory.

So far, Susannah has raised almost £3,500 through a children's cinema night, a bag packing day in Tenbury Tesco, a pub quiz that included a raffle and bake sale and many private donations.

She is immensely touched by the support she has received by the local community and hopes to do everyone proud, and truly honour the memory of her beloved son.

If you would like to donate to Susannah's cause, simply go onto the Virgin Money Giving site, click on 'Make a donation' and search for Susie Quill - every single penny is extremely gratefully received.