A teaching assistant from North Walsham will be running her first ever marathon at the age of 57 in memory of her husband who died from cancer in 2008.

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Jenny Welsh, who works at North Walsham Infant School, lost her husband Sam after he was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer, in May 2004 - just one month after he retired from his job as a policeman.

Mrs Welsh, of Hall Lane, will be taking part in the London Marathon next year to raise money for Norfolk-based charity Nelson’s Journey, which is dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people.

Mrs Welsh said the organisation’s support had been “wonderful”, adding: “My son Tim was just 11 years old when his dad died, and they were awesome for the both of us.

“Tim was able to speak to someone who was detached, which made a difference. He also took part in a residential where the children made memory boxes and parents could share their experiences.”

Mrs Welsh was inspired to do the marathon after her daughter, Emma Blake, a teaching assistant at North Walsham High School, completed her first marathon last year.

“She ran for the charity Childline and she thought it would be a good idea to get me involved,” Mrs Welsh said. “It’s the best thing she’s ever done as it’s given me something to focus on.”

The mum-of-four is being supported by her other children Lucy and Paul Welsh, and her three grandchildren who think she is “crazy”.

Mrs Welsh will also be running the Barcelona half-marathon in February next year with running companions from the Coltishall Jaguars club.

● To sponsor Mrs Welsh visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and type in “Jenny Welsh” under the sponsor your friend section.

For more information about Nelson’s Journey visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk or ring 01603 431788.

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