The Appeal

The Appeal was launched as a lasting legacy to Jane Tomlinson CBE who died from cancer in 2007. Before her untimely death aged just 43, Jane raised £1.8m for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats - despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Leeds-born Jane became the first person with terminal cancer to finish the London Marathon in 2002. But she went on to complete even tougher challenges - triathlons and iron men contests, a cycle ride from Rome to Leeds, and, her last epic adventure, a 4,000 mile bike ride across the width of the USA.

Jane took part in many of these challenges while undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment and was often in immense pain. She refused, however, to be defined by her cancer and would not give in.

Her incredible courage and indomitable spirit brought her headlines across the globe and she won awards including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, a Pride of Britain award and Yorkshire Woman of Achievement.

She was awarded the MBE and later the CBE for her outstanding charitable work.

After her death Jane's family pledged to carry on her good works by raising millions for charity in her name.