A student from Newcastle College has ran and walked the distance of a marathon in a bid to raise money for a national children’s charity.

Lauren Scobie, 17 from Forest Hall in Newcastle, has spent a week taking on the 2.6 Challenge, which challenged participants to complete a virtual London Marathon after it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Miss Teen Newcastle 2020, Lauren used the challenge to raise funds for Together for Short Lives, the charity that is supported by the Miss Teen Great Britain Pageant.

Together For Short Lives helps to fund hospice care for children's wards up and down the country and each year the Miss Teen GB contestants and winners spend time helping to raise vital funds for it.

Last year Lauren, who studies Fashion Make-up at Newcastle College, raised almost £3,000 for the cause but with the cancellation of events across the country in 2020, she has struggled to match her own efforts.

“I raised just over £100 for the marathon,” says Lauren. “Usually the Miss Teen GB finalists raise thousands but it’s been difficult with a lot of our usual fundraising events being cancelled.

“Together for Short Lives is a fantastic charity and does such great things for families of children with life limiting illnesses, so raising funds for them right now is more important than ever.”

Lauren will head to Blackpool in October to represent Newcastle and compete for the title of Miss Teen Great Britain in the pageant final.

You can help Lauren raise more funds for Together for Short Lives by donating to her at her JustGiving page.