A ROWLEY Regis teacher is running the London Marathon to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer in memory of her much-loved mother-in-law.

Kayleigh Wallis is taking on the 26-mile race in the country's capital next Sunday (April 28) in a bid to pull in £3k for the charity.

The 27-year-old, who teaches science at Perryfields School in Oldbury, is running in memory of her husband Matthew's mum Sarah Wallis.

Sarah died aged just 45 of throat cancer devastating her entire family.

Donations can be made to the fund at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kayleigh-bradshaw3

Kayleigh, who lives in Rowley Regis, with Matthew who is now 27, said: "In 2010 my family lost an amazing woman to a terrible disease.

"Sarah was the life and soul of her family who would have done anything and everything for her kids.

"When I first met Sarah she was smiling and this is the way she will always be remembered.

"Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer in November 2010.

"She left behind two children, Matthew (my now husband) who was 18 and Rebekah, who was just 11.

"Macmillan were with Sarah and her family every step of the way."

Kayleigh, who had never run before January when she started training for the marathon, said her pupils think she is "mad" for taking it on.

She has already raised more than £2k on her Justgiving page and is staging a fundraising comedy night at the Hollybush pub in Cradley Heath on Saturday (April 20) at 4pm. Kayleigh held a similar event last year which raised £700. Entry costs £3. Anyone is welcome.