A student from Keighley is raising cash to help the fight against cancer after her aunt was diagnosed with the illness.

Samantha Carr, 20, of Oakbank Drive, will take part in a sponsored 5km run on July 8 as part of the Race for Life initiative.

Her paternal aunt Vicky Kayley, who also lives in Keighley, has recently had surgery for cancer.

As part of her wider fundraising efforts, Samantha joined young children at Steeton’s Bridge House Day Nursery, where her mother is the manager, in a run to collect further funds.

She also held a charity barbecue at her family home, raising £240 through raffles, a tombola, games, donations and food sales.

Samantha’s mother, Angela Turnbull, said her daughter would carry out the run as part of a team in Newcastle, which is where she is currently studying sociology. She is a former Holy Family Catholic School pupil, and is finishing her second year at Northumbria University.

Ms Turnbull added: “Samantha does the Race for Life every year, but with her aunt being diagnosed she wanted to make a bigger thing of it this time. Some of her friends in Newcastle are fundraising too. Their target is £1,000.”

People wanting to support Samantha can donate online at raceforlifesponsorme.org/fluids-finest or call Ms Turnbull on (01535) 656800.