FUNDRAISER Maxine Kane is preparing for a marathon trip in aid of a South Yorkshire charity.
The 29-year-old, originally from Clowne, is flying in from her home in Bermuda to run the London Marathon in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Maxine was unsuccessful in her original application for entry to next month’s marathon in a bid to raise money for the North Anston hospice, which cares for her cousin’s nine-year-old son James.
But she was delighted when her name was pulled out of a ballot for one of the charity’s two dedicated places.
James, of Harthill, visits Bluebell on a regular basis for respite care, so his parents can have a break.
Maxine said: “This may not seem like a big deal, but for parents caring for sick and disabled children, who need constant care, it is a lifesaver.
“My cousin and her husband spend their lives caring for James and his sister Shannon who both have disabilities which mean they will never be able to lead independent lives.
“At Bluebell Wood, James is always met with a smile and my cousin knows he is well looked after.”
Maxine moved to Bermuda in 2008 and will fly back to England to take on the marathon, which takes place on Sunday, April 21.
Heidi Megaughin, Bluebell Wood acting chief executive, said: “This is a dedicated lady to be making the trip from Bermuda.”
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