A determined woman is set to run the Leicester Half Marathon in memory of her cousin who tragically killed himself during his battle against alcohol.
Sally Kirkby, who lives in Kings Road, Oakham, was left devastated when her cousin Simon Storey committed suicide at his home in the Lake District in March.
Simon had just become a grandad for the first time at the age of 49, but was losing his battle against drink despite joining an NHS rehabilitation scheme.
His drinking was affecting his health and, after a dry period, he hit the bottle the night after he left hospital, and later committed suicide.
Sally was very upset following the tragedy but insists she wants to help others who are going through the same problems her cousin did before his death.
She has chosen to raise funds for Action on Addiction, a charity that aims to disarm addiction through research, treatment, family support, education and training.
Sally, 38, said: “Simon’s death was tragic and difficult to take. I was really close to him. “When I had the call from his wife Deb to say he’s dead I was in complete disbelief.
“He had a drink the first night out of hospital and it really spiralled out of control.
“It was a difficult time for everyone in the family. I just want to do my bit to help anyone who is going through what he did.”
The Leicester Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 13.
Sally has been busy training for the challenge, which will be her third half marathon, but admits it has been difficult to keep up her fitness with the arrival of her second son Alexander, who is 20 months old.
Sally added: “I ran the previous races in 2hrs 20mins and 2hrs 17mins but I’ve had another little one since then so I haven’t been as active as I was. I’ll be happy with 2hrs 45mins this time.”
Sally, who is also being supported by her husband Jimmy, 39, and son Harry, five, is hoping to raise £500.
To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Sally-Kirkby