Jane Tomlinson: Daughter's pledge to preserve mum's memory

Her late mother became an inspiration the world over for her amazing endeavours in the face of extreme adversity.

Despite suffering from terminal cancer, Jane raised more than 1.75m for charity through gruelling marathons, ironmen comtests, triathlons and cycle rides across Europe and the USA.

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And now Jane's daughter Rebecca has pledged to carry on the cancer heroine's good works.

Rebecca, who bears a striking resemblence to her mother, has launched the Jane Tomlinson Appeal Big Charity Giveaway in partnership with the YEP.

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Together we will give away 50,000 to deserving charities across West Yorkshire.

Rebecca, 22, said: "It's really important to me to keep mum's good work going. People still tell us that mum continues to inspire them which is great to hear. It's nice to know that she meant so much to people.

"As a charity now, as well as raising money, we're about trying to keep mum's message going. She was all about trying to push herself to achieve something. And that's what she inspired in others, showing people what could be achieved, even if it shouldn't be possible.

"Not everyone will run a marathon and reaching their limits for some people will be walking in the Dales. But if you're pushing your limits and you're achieving something, that's great. We just try to remind

people what they are capable of doing.

"I try and do as much work for the charity as I can, whether it's helping with appeals like this one, or actually taking part in fundraising. The Istanbul to Leeds bike ride I did last summer with dad and some of the rest of the family was hard work but pretty rewarding.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal is something people really take to heart."

Rebecca has already followed in her mum's sporting footsteps by taking part in a series of challenges.

In 2008, she took part in a cycle ride the length of Britain along with dad Mike, 49. Last summer, the pair, joined by family and friends, including Jane's son Steven, 13, rode from Istanbul to Leeds.

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Winners will be informed in April.

The giveaway is open to all registered charities. Applications from children's and cancer charities are especially welcomed but all will be considered by the judges.

* Meanwhile, entries for this year's Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K are open at: www.runforall.com.


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