A charity that helped to save the life of a woman from Old Malton is to receive £4,300 following her run in the London Marathon.
Joanna Hemesley who was suffering from leukaemia, had a bone marrow transplant six years ago after a donor was found by the Anthony Nolan Trust.
The 43-year-old, whose parents live in Old Malton, took four hours and seven minutes to complete the course.
Her mother, Phil, whose husband, Tony, is a former chairman of Ryedale District Council, said: “She did brilliantly. She got round it without any difficulty at all.”
It was the first time her daughter, who is head of corporate sales at the prestigious Lancaster Hotel in London, had taken part in the marathon and trained for eight months with a cousin.
The training included running to and from work and long runs at weekends.
“Her brother and sister and myself were all there with banners shouting and yelling for her. We saw her at various points but she did not see us until she got to the end. There was then a party at the Royal Society for those running for the Anthony Nolan Trust,” said Mrs Hemesley
Some £1,500 of the money raised came from the parishes of St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, and St Mary’s Priory in Old Malton and residents.
“We are so grateful for everyone who kindly gave their money and support for such a good cause. We are just overwhelmed.”
Picture shows Jo Hemesley, left, with, from 2nd left, her father Tony, twin sister Libby, and mother Phil pictured in 2005.