A 72-year-old grandmother is set to take on the London Marathon for the first time to help her disabled granddaughter embarking on life-changing surgery. 

Sue Glazer, from St Margaret South Elmham, in east Suffolk, is a keen runner and member of Bungay Black Dog Running Club and Pitstop Runners - a group of running friends in Southwold.

For her next challenge, she hopes to raise as much money as possible to fund physiotherapy for her three-year-old granddaughter Isabella, who has cerebral palsy.

Due to her condition, Isabella cannot walk more than a few steps unaided. 

The three-year-old has been put on the NHS waiting list for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The procedure has only been on the NHS since 2018 and is considered life-changing due to how it relieves tension in a child's legs, helping them to walk.

But Isabella would require intensive and lengthy physiotherapy before the operation and for years after. 

So Ms Glazer is pulling on her running shoes to support Isabella access specialist expertise and equipment as only a small amount of the therapy can be funded through the NHS.

Her daughter Sarah Bright, who is mum to Isabella, said fundraising for the additional sessions will help the nearly four year old not just walk, but be able to run.

Praising her super fit mum, Mrs Bright said: "When we were growing up, mum was a runner. She talked about training for a marathon when she was in her 40s but it never seemed the right time. 

"My husband and I are doing a mini triathlon towards the fundraising and we're already thinking how are we going to do it."

To find out about the fundraiser search ‘Dancing On My Own: Isabella’s Road to Independence’ on JustGiving.