The granddaughter of a volunteer, who was honoured by the Prime Minister, has been inspired to run the London Marathon.

Lauren Waterman, 26, from Elstree, will hit the streets of London this month and run in memory of her grandmother, Barbara Waterman, who died last year at the age of 84.

Barbara was a volunteer with Jewish Care for more than 47 years and worked tirelessly to support Stepney Jewish Community Centre in East London. She raised more than £20,000 for the centre.

In 2016, Barbara received the 'Point of Light' award from David Cameron in recognition of her dedication to Jewish Care.

However, in June 2017, Barbara was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Her granddaughter Lauren said: “My marathon fundraising is all about the community at Jewish Care's Brenner Centre at Stepney Jewish Community Centre. For over 47 years, my late grandmother, Barbara Waterman, made it her mission to support the community at this centre and to put a smile on the members faces.

“In June 2017, my marvellous Grandmother, Bubba, was diagnosed with a form of liver cancer. 84 years young, with a cracking laugh and enough energy to put the Duracell bunnies to shame . I did a 5k run whilst Bubba was ill, so challenged myself to run a 10k, then decided I'd push myself to run a half marathon in honour of Bubba. I got to tell her this whilst she was alive. As a lady who lived a tremendous life and was a dedicated volunteer for Jewish Care for 47 years, my decision to run for Jewish Care was easy - a tribute to remember her at her best, and to help contribute to a cause which was so close to her heart.

"I'm extremely proud to be running in Bubba's honour."

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