AFTER five application attempts the dream of running in the London Marathon has come true for a Cheddleton woman.
Deborah Bradburn, 35, has now heard she has been successful in gaining a place in next year's marathon which she has wanted to take part in since she was 11.
Now Deborah, who works as an learning support assistant at Westwood College, said she aims to raise as much money as possible for the Wellchild charity which is a national charity for sick children who provide practical and emotional support for serious ill youngsters.
She said: "I have applied several times but never got a place. I have always wanted to take part after being inspired by my uncle, Keith Montgomery, who first did the run when I was 11.
"It is amazing and I am over the moon. I first tried when I was 23 and continued over the next few years.
"I need to raise £1500 and I hope to be sponsored by family and friends. I also intend to organise coffee mornings, football cards and raffles. My mum and dad have done a car boot for me already and have raised £220. Also Leek Rotary Club have agreed to donate £200 which is fantastic."
Mr Montgomery, 57, who owns the Monty's fish and chips shop at the top of Market Place in Leek, said he was going to produce battered Mars bars and the money raised would go to Deborah.
He said: "Twenty six family members and friends are all going down to London to support Deborah on the day. I am very proud of what she is aiming to do.
"I took part in four marathons between 1900 to 1993. Then I did another 2012 for Wellchild and then again this year for Breast Cancer. I might try another when I am 60. It does hurt after 22 miles.
"You think why are you doing it and your body is in pain, but the thousands of spectators take your mind off it. When you get over the finish line it is a great joy."
Deborah and Keith are now going to organise a climb to the top of Snowdon in Wales to raise money.
Deborah added: "We are going to take the Wellchild buckets and the charity shirts which have the logos on to the top of Snowdon. Hopefully we can have a successful collection.
"Also my son and daughter are going to help to raise money. My 12-year-old daughter, Courtney, is going to have onesie day and my 8-year-old son, Broden, is going to do a sponsored silence."
To donate to Debbie's run and support Wellchild go to www.justgiving.com/debbie-bradburn If you want to donate by mobile phone, text BROD50 and your donation amount anything from £1 upwards and send it to 70070