A SEVEN-year-old girl from Tortworth who raised £1,500 to ‘help get her grampy the medicine he needs,’ will take part in Race for Life again this summer.

Isla Wigmore, a pupil at Christ the King Primary School in Thornbury, is taking part in Race for Life in Gloucester Park on Sunday, June 10, following her successful fundraising drive last year on behalf of “Grampy” Steve Preston, who has been undergoing invasive treatment for terminal lung cancer.

Mum Sarah, said: “Isla took part last year to help raise money for my dad. We set a target of £200 and she managed to raise lots more than that. So this year she decided to take part again.

“She knows that by taking part we are helping to beat cancer and to give families longer with their loved ones. Isla loves her grampy so much and she asked me if she could take part to get him the medicine he needs.

“He lives in a lot of pain and Isla knows that she is doing something positive to help fund more research.”

Sarah’s husband Andrew has also been affected by the disease, having been diagnosed with skin cancer in 2015. He was given the all clear in the same year as Isla’s great-grandmother Barbara died from lung cancer.

Isla, who has ADHD, is taking part in Race for Life with her mum for the second year running and together they are determined to take on the 5km route in the name of Steve and in memory of her great-grandmother.

Michelle Leighton, Cancer Research UK’s Gloucester event manager, said: “We are very grateful to Isla and Sarah for their support.

“By following their lead, and signing up to Race for Life, women in the county can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

“Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer - that’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.”

To enter Race for Life, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.