A CANCER patient has beaten the odds and is preparing to run the London Marathon to raise funds for the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Mum-of-two Isabell Robertson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer of the blood, in August 2005.

Isabell, store manager at Peacocks in Runcorn's Halton Lea, is hoping to raise £3,000 for the cancer ward at the hospital where she is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

The 42-year-old, who ran three marathons before being diagnosed with cancer, said of conditions at the hospital: 'I'll be sitting on a bed in the ward receiving chemo and their will be someone sat on the chair beside me having chemo. I have heard people receiving really bad news, not through trying to listen, but there is just nowhere else to go.

'I'm raising the money so that the physical surroundings can be improved, and also because there are people out there who have just been diagnosed this week and feel that their life is over or on hold when it doesn't have to be. When they see that I have run a marathon it might give them some hope.

'You just have to be in charge of your own destiny and not accept that just because you have got cancer you are at life's end.'

Following her diagnosis, Isabell underwent five months of intensive chemotherapy which caused her hair to fall out.

Isabell has been training hard for the marathon on April 22, running 40 miles a week. On Sunday she is also taking part in the Liverpool half marathon.

Peacocks in Halton Lea is helping by selling raffle tickets, with a top prize of £50 worth of Peacocks vouchers.

To sponsor Isabell contact Peacocks on 01928 795160.