AN 'AMAZING' fundraiser from Llangollen has collected nearly £4,000 for two causes close to her heart.

On Saturday, October 3, Liz Evans completed her first ever London Marathon, done 'virtually', at the age of 69.

Since starting a series of fundraisers in April, Liz along with a group of close friends and the local community, have raised a substantial sum of nearly £4,000 towards her cause.

The money will go towards the Kidney Care UK charity and the renal unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Liz decided to give back to these causes in recognition of what they have done for her son-in-law, Jez Westbury.

He had been very ill with kidney failure for a few years and this Halloween marks two years since he was given a kidney transplant.

Liz's proud daughter and wife to Jez, Elen Westbury, who lives in Corwen, said: "My Mum has been an inspiration in Llangollen and had lots of people supporting her. She's an absolutely amazing lady.

"We went through hell during Jez's illness, but the staff at Wrexham were amazing with us and that's one of the reasons mum decided to give back to them. They all do an incredible job there.

"We are all so proud of what mum has achieved, to raise the amount she has done is brilliant. It was so emotional at the finish line when mum and Jez hugged. We're not usually ones for emotion, but we couldn't hep but cry that day."

Former Llangollen library worker Liz's marathon route took her from Glyndyfrdwy through Chirk and onto Lion Quay Wharf.

In a statement published to her group 'Irish pensioner Liz is running a marathon for Kidney Care UK' on Facebook, Liz wrote post-race: "I really really want to thank each and every one of you for your support, from buying and selling raffles to donations through just giving for Kidney Care.

"Thanks also to the people waiting to support on route to the welcome committee back at the wharf, was overwhelming to say the least. Then finally a big big thanks to the team of nutters especially Teresa Davies who dragged me through 300 miles of running since we started training back in April."