It’s a marathon test for Donna!

READY TO RUN: Donna Horby, who works at Fleetwood's Rossall Hospital, is taking part in the London Marathon.
READY TO RUN: Donna Horby, who works at Fleetwood's Rossall Hospital, is taking part in the London Marathon.

FLEETWOOD woman Donna Hornby is ready for one of the biggest challenges of her life!

Donna, a staff member of Fleetwood’s Rossall Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, is taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday April 17.

And Donna is being cheered on by colleagues after getting the chance to compete in one of the world’s most renowned races.

Clerical Officer Donna Hornby, 39, only got into long distance running in the last couple of years following the death of her father.

However, she has now taken to it like a duck to water.

Donna said: “This is the first time I have ever done a marathon but I wanted to do it because it is such an achievement.

“It’s the ultimate challenge and I wanted to do it this side of being 40.

“I’m doing it for the Alzheimer’s Society and I decided to do it for this charity because working at Rossall Hospital you see first hand the effects of Alzheimer’s on patients and their relatives; working here really highlighted the problem to me.

“I’ve applied to do the London Marathon for the last three years and never got through, as it is a ballot system, so I nearly fell over when I saw that I was doing it this time.

“I’m thrilled and totally terrified at the same time.

“The money raised could be used in all sorts of ways.

“For example £100 could pay for a brain scan for a participant in a clinical trial to help improve the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or £750 could pay the running of the charity’s ‘Talking Point’ 24/7 online community for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends for one week.

“I’ve always enjoyed running and have completed the Blackpool 10k fun run many times.

“I decided to enter the Great South Run in 2009 in aid of the British Heart Foundation and complete a tandem sky dive in memory of Dad, who passed away a year earlier. I enjoyed the run so much that I completed the Great North Run last year.

“I did have a slight set back when I went into a pot hole a few months ago and couldn’t train for four to six weeks but I’m getting back on track now.

“My husband Peter and three children think I’m completely barmy but have been really supportive.”

To sponsor Donna, visit the link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=DONNAHORNBY&faId=88534&isTeam=false.