David Battersby, a 56-year-old piano teacher, is planning to take part in the Windermere Marathon to give back to charity.

Now residing in Milnthorpe, he has taken part in many fundraising challenges including the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The Windermere Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, May 18, will see Mr Battersby raise funds for The Christie Charity.

The Christie Charity holds special meaning for him as it played a significant role in his fight against refractory Acute Myeloid Leukaemia back in 2005.

Mr Battersby said: “Having been an inpatient at the hospital for over 18 months, and then been there every day too for many additional months as an outpatient, I saw the work and dedication of every member of staff.

"The care and support that we all received was a very large piece of the jigsaw puzzle in my treatment and recovery.

"It wasn’t just me; my wife Rachel, her parents Gareth and Chris Ball, and my late mother Margaret, were all given tremendous support from The Christie.

“Having access to the latest treatments or trials and also things like the complementary therapies helped to keep me positive and keep me going during the long weeks in hospital.

“The chances of me making a long-term recovery were very small but as the days, months and eventually years went by, with the amazing care and help and guidance of everyone on the haematology unit, I am still here and living a full life!”

The Mail: David Battersby post-Yorkshire Three PeaksDavid Battersby post-Yorkshire Three Peaks (Image: Supplied)

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Battersby's love for running evolved. He participated in various trail races in the Lake District, including two half marathons. Now, he is determined to conquer his first full marathon/

He said: “Any money raised will go on to benefit patients and staff who are at The Christie hospital now.

"It played a huge role in my recovery, and my family and I hold the hospital and staff in the highest regard.

"It is part of who I am today.”

You can donate to his cause via the JustGiving website.

Alicia Gaffey, sporting events co-ordinator at The Christie Charity, said: “David has been such a brilliant fundraiser for The Christie Charity in recent years. We wish him all the very best of luck with his biggest running challenge to date, the Windermere Marathon.”

To contribute to The Christie Charity, individuals are encouraged to donate via their official website or via phone on 0161 446 3988.