‘The struggles Becci faced spur me on’

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Dedicated fundraiser Sue Marley will brave the waters of Lake Windermere to swim in memory of her daughter who lost her battle with cystic fibrosis.

Becci Marley died from the illness aged 27 in June 2009.

Her mum Sue, 57, has raised thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in her memory.

Now, together with her niece Brogan Hayes, 24, and friends Maggie Jewitt, 53, and Emma Parsons, 35, Mrs Marley will swim two miles in the lake on Sunday, June 15 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Mrs Marley, from Ackworth, said: “The training is hard, but the struggles I watched Becci face in her short life spur me on.

“She inspired me when she was here and those memories still inspire me.”

Mrs Marley, who already has an MBE for her fundraising efforts, marked the fourth anniversary of her daughter’s death by taking part in a skydive last year.

She was also chosen to be an Olympic torch bearer as part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in 2012.

She added: “At times I find fund raising extremely hard knowing Becci won’t benefit from a cure, but as a parent who has lost a child to this awful illness I just can’t sit back and watch other families face the same devastation.

“Most people don’t understand what cystic fibrosis is until someone close to them is affected by it. That is the main reason I carry on my fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”

For more information or to sponsor the trio, go to http://www.justgiving.com/Sue-Marley-MBE1