A father from Dodington is gearing up to run the London Marathon next weekend in memory of his son 'Toti' who died who leukaemia aged 11.

Nick Worboys, 46, will take on the 26-mile course next weekend, Sunday 28, to raise money for the Toti Worboys fund.

Toti, Thomas, died aged 11 in 2014 after a battle with Leukaemia and his family set up a fund to help raise money for the CCLG, the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group.

He will be taking on the challenge with two other colleagues from the Dodington park Estate, with an aim of raising £10,000.

Since starting the fund with his wife Amelia in 2014, over £240,000 has been raised for the charity, but with his colleagues Adrian and Dean, the trio want to get that figure to £250,000.

“After taking on the Marathon in 2007, I could have never imagined that 12 years later I would be running for my late sons memorial fund," said Nick.

"Losing Thomas was a huge shock, we knew he had an underlying bone condition and he was recovering from surgery, but leukaemia was never on our radar.

"When he started having headaches and fits, we took him straight to the hospital where he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and we lost him within a matter of hours.

"Our Fund has gained a huge amount of traction over the years and we have seen some truly amazing fundraising, but this year we wanted to invigorate the campaign and do something fresh – so we took on a bigger challenge!

"I have been training for over a year and aim to finish the marathon in 4 hours.

"I hope this hard work shines through and encourages our sponsors to donate as much as possible to help the cause.”

Full details on how to donate to the cause can be found here.