We reach our £2million target

Mike Tomlinson and his three children, Suzanne, Rebecca and Steven, will today announced that the charity set up by wife and mother Jane has hit the £2m target she set before she died.

Before her death Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m through a series of incredible physical challenges from 2002 to 2005. Mike Tomlinson will today announce that Jane's Appeal has now raised £2.6m.

Mike Tomlinson said:"Last Saturday would have been Jane's 45th birthday. It was a sad and emotional day for our family but we could think of no better way to honour her memory than to announce that we have reached her £2m fund raising goal.

"When in August 2000 Jane was told to go home spend some time with her family, create some memories as she was unlikely to live beyond six months, no-one could have predicted what happened next.

"Since then thousands of people have helped us raise well over £2 million pounds for charity - 400 times more than we'd initially hoped!

"Jane's achievements from 2002 to 2007 were extraordinary. Going through the photos again to prepare for today and to be reminded of just what Jane went through to was painful and tearful experience. Somehow the images are stronger after death. For me two highlights stand out, the Ironman in 2004 and Ride Across America in 2006, I feel privileged to have witnessed them.

"As a family Suzanne, Rebecca, Steven and I are committed to continuing the work Jane started and with the Leeds 10K, York 10K and Junior run we hope we've created a vehicle that can make a huge difference to people's lives. A new target of £5 million has been set, I can't imagine how we're going to get there but I know with support we have a fighting chance.

"We have been so lucky over the last few years to be supported by a cast of thousands, people who've worked with us, volunteers, media, fundraisers and members of the public; the generosity and kindness have been heart-warming. The words thank you seem so inadequate but I hope they will be accepted by all who have helped get us to where we are today."

All the money raised through Jane's Appeal is shared between children's and cancer charities. The charities to benefit from a share of the £2.6m are Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Hannah House Children's Hospice, Macmillan, Martin House Children's Hospice, Sparks, Yorkshire Cancer Centre and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, whose staff raised funds for both Jane's Appeal and Martin House in 2008, have made a special Fondant Fancy Party Cake to commemorate the event which will be shared by the children at the hospice.

On Friday evening the Tomlinson the family will attend a special event to say thank you to over 250 guests who helped and supported Jane and Jane's Appeal and to celebrate the landmark fundraising achievement.

Among those supporting the celebration are Sheffield band Little Man Tate who will be providing headline entertainment and Leeds musician Tristan Mackay.