Three members of North Devon’s day surgery team will be running the famous challenge on Sunday.

Three staff members at North Devon District Hospital are preparing to take on the London Marathon this weekend.

Staff nurses Sue Pittson and Caz Reed, and theatre support worker Clare Toase, are taking on the famous 26.2-mile challenge in aid of three different UK-based charities on Sunday.

Sue, from Kilkhampton, is running for Well Child, which provides care for seriously ill children and their families in their own homes.

She said: "Having been a paediatric nurse for 29 years, it seemed natural for me to raise money for a charity that helps sick children.

"Juggling training in between family life and working full-time is hard both mentally and physically.

"I completed the London Marathon eight years ago in 5hr 5min 39 sec. My aim is to beat it."

Caz, who lives near Milton Damerel, is raising money for homeless charity Shelter.

She said: "They help so many people and we never know when our situation may change and we may be in need of their help.

"Shelter looks at all areas from rough sleepers to people in temporary accommodation to the hidden homeless who sleep on friends' sofas and just keep moving around, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless because they spend more than 50 per cent of their income on rent and live in unsuitable housing."

Clare, from Hartland, said: "I am running for the Mental Health Foundation because there is such a big stigma around mental health.

"The charity helps raise awareness and provide support for individuals and their families.

"The training is mentally challenging. This will be a big personal achievement that will hopefully make a difference."

To sponsor Sue, Caz or Clare, visit www.justgiving.com/sue-pittson1, www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Reed2 or www.virginmoneygiving.com/ClareToase.