A WEST Devon primary school teacher will be taking on a huge challenge this month by running in the London Marathon to raise money for children and babies.

Laura Hawken, who lives in Lifton but teaches at Callington Primary School, is busy training in preparation for the marathon on April 17 to raise funds for the children's charity Action Medical Research.

Laura is passionate about children having the best start in life and feels the charity is very valuable.

Action Medical Research aims to stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability.

Only starting to run early last year after making a New Year's resolution with her class, Laura quickly caught the running bug and wanted to do something for charity so entered the London Marathon.

She has dedicated her weekends to long training runs as well as fundraising, including holding a Zumba party and cake days.

Some local businesses have also shown support through donations of raffle prizes and sponsorship.

Laura expressed thanks to everyone for their support and has so far managed to raise £1,200.

Anyone who would like to support Laura in this challenge can do so by visiting her online sponsor page at http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/laurahawken">www.action.org.uk/sponsor/laurahawken