Marathon girl Vicki aims to coin it in

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An Ellon mother-of-two has been inspired by her late grandmother to launch a charity fund-raising campaign.

Evelyn Tewnion died suddenly of a heart attack 18 years ago, and grand-daughter Vicki McFarlane is channelling all her efforts into supporting the British Heart Foundation.

Vicki McFarlane after taking part in last year's Fraserburgh half marathon.

Vicki McFarlane after taking part in last year's Fraserburgh half marathon.

Vicki, 31, is devoting her spare time to getting ready to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon later this year when she will run on behalf of the charity.

The busy mother-of two is on the road at first light making sure she is in top condition for the event on May 31.

But the Edinburgh marathon is just one of several fund-gathering activities Vicki has planned.

She is holding a coffee morning and raffle in Ellon on Monday, February 23, and has also been organising online raffles and selling fudge.

So far she has raised about £400 and hopes to boost that significantly in the weeks and months ahead.

Vicki, who is a taxi driver in Ellon, told the Times: “I only started running a year ago. Within about four weeks I had signed up to do my first 10k and finished the year doing the Fraserburgh half marathon.

“I just decided to go for the big one - and after speaking with friends decided to go for the Edinburgh marathon in May.

“I’m running for the British Heart Foundation, which is something which is very dear to me.

“My granny died suddenly from a heart attack 18 years ago. It was such a big shock...we still haven’t come to terms with it.

“I’m doing the marathon in memory of my granny in the hope that it will spur me on to the end of the race.

“She was very well known in the Ellon community and when I tell people what I’m doing they know that it’s for her.”

At the moment Vicki is covering 17 miles in two-and-a half hours and is training hard in preparation for May.

She said: “There is a lot of training involved in it and I want to raise as much money as I possibly can for this charity.”

Vicki has been greatly impressed by the support she has received from local people.

She said: “The response has just been overwhelming really.

“People have been contacting me, asking me if they can help.

“This has come from people that I don’t even know, through Facebook, and the Ellon community have just been absolutely fantastic in their support.”

Vicki, whose daughter Kacey-Jai is eight and son Kodi is three, also has the strong backing of her family in her fund-raising efforts, particularly husband Andrew.

The coffee morning later this month will be held in the Ythan Centre from 10am until 2pm.

If you want to support Vicki, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Vicki-McFarlane1