A TAUNTON woman has been shedding blood, sweat and tears in pre-paration for the London Marathon tomorrow (April 13).

Clare Farmer, 32, has been training for the race to raise money for Child Bereavement UK after the death of her nephew in 2012.

She said: “My little nephew, Edward Criddle, was only 22 months old when he was killed in a farm accident.

“It was hard for my family and I want to run the marathon in his memory.”

Clare works in A&E at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, and said she sees children admitted who then later also die.

She said: “That was something else which inspired me to run the marathon as well, and the charity does great work, so it’ll be nice to hand over all this money to them.”

The Black Horse pub in Taunton held a gig to help Clare reach her £2,500 target in March.

She said: “It was a great night and I’m really grateful to everyone who donated.

“We raised over £600 and £100 of that came from the owners themselves.

“I want to thank them for holding the gig, and Rumjunkie, Stone Cross and Cake Cover for playing on the night.”

Clare said her training has been tough, but she feels ready for the race.

She said: “It’ll definitely be worth it, and my family and colleagues have all been so amazing supporting me and sponsoring me.

“My brother recently took part in a marathon and I’d like to beat his time if I can.”

Sponsor Clare at her JustGiving page.