Paris beckons for Lynda and Kaylee

Kaylee and Lynda Hawkins are running the Paris Marathon on Sunday.

Kaylee and Lynda Hawkins are running the Paris Marathon on Sunday. - Credit: Archant

A mother and daughter duo are saying au revoir to Sidmouth to take on the Paris marathon to raise money for two cancer charities.

Lynda and Kaylee Hawkins will be running the 26-mile course through the French city on Sunday.

Lynda’s brother, Adrian, died after being diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 21. Her mother, Jean, has also battled eye, kidney and breast cancer.

The pair are raising money for Sidmouth Living With Cancer and Cancer Research UK.

Jean lives in Surrey and does not have access to the services that Sidmouth Living With Cancer offers.

Lynda said: “It is such a shame. If she was here [in Sidmouth], she would have the support. I work in the doctors’ surgery and there are so many people you see with different types of cancer. It is frightening.”

Together, the duo have raised more than £200 for their respective causes.

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More than 50,000 runners will take on the gruelling route in Paris, which will pass famous landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame.

Kaylee, 19, studies at the University of Bournemouth, but has been preparing for the long-distance race by taking part in the Grizzly Run at the start of March.

Lynda, who works at Sidford doctors’ surgery, ran the London marathon in 2012 and has been preparing for her latest challenge with a series of long-distance runs.

To sponsor Kaylee and Cancer Research UK, visit

To donate to Sidmouth Living With Cancer, visit Lynda’s page at