Sue lights up with Olympic torch bid

Sue Marley, from Ackworth, has been nominated to carry the Olympic flame for her dedication to raising money for cystic fibrosis. She lost her daughter to the disease a couple of years ago and has already been awarded an MBE for her services to the charity.'p6082b133'Picture by Andrew Bellis.
Sue Marley, from Ackworth, has been nominated to carry the Olympic flame for her dedication to raising money for cystic fibrosis. She lost her daughter to the disease a couple of years ago and has already been awarded an MBE for her services to the charity.'p6082b133'Picture by Andrew Bellis.

A TIRELESS fundraiser has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch for her commitment to a cystic fibrosis charity.

Sue Marley, 54, was put forward for the honour for her dedication to raising money to help sufferers of the disease which claimed her 27-year-old daughter, Rebecca.

Mrs Marley, of Langdale Drive, Low Ackworth, will find out in December whether she will go through to the next round with other hopeful torch-bearers.

She said: “I was a bit surprised and couldn’t quite understand why I got nominated. It’s a bit surreal, you see adverts about it but you don’t think it could be you.

“I don’t want it to overshadow the fundraising though, I do it for Rebecca really, but if I did get nominated and I was able to do it, I would be really proud. I’d do it for me, for my family and for Rebecca, even though she’s not here to see it.”

After Rebecca’s death in 2009, her parents and husband set up Becci’s Find A Cure Memorial Fund to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Mrs Marley was awarded an MBE in 2004 for her charity work and is organising the Fund’s annual cricket match on September 4 to raise more cash.

The game will see teams from Ackworth Cricket Club and Hundhill Hall joined by stars of Emmerdale, Chris Chittell and Matthew Wolfenden.

Mrs Marley said: “I’m very excited. The match has now become well-known throughout Yorkshire and the attendance figures keep rising year after year.”