SPORTS tutor Simon O’Brien has pledged to raise more than £2,000 for the Stroke Association when he runs in the London Marathon next year – and is now looking for local support to help him reach his ambitious target.

Simon, 22, who lives in Neston and teaches sports at West Cheshire College, chose the Stroke Association as his cause after his mother died suddenly of a stroke last year aged 65.

He said: "It was totally unexpected and left us devastated. I’ve wanted to do something practical to remember her by ever since so running the marathon to support the charity that helped us seemed a good idea.

"I’d like to raise at least £2,000 for the cause. They provide such an important service to people who have suffered strokes and their families."

Concession holders in the make-up and perfume department in Browns of Chester have already given Simon items to raffle and he’s hoping other traders will follow suit.

He said: "Between now and when I run the marathon in April I want to know that at least £2,000 has already been raised or pledged.

"If anyone wants to sponsor me for the run, provide prizes for a major raffle or has any other fund raising ideas I can try, please get in touch."

Anyone wanting to help Simon meet his target should contact him via