Petra’s sparkling start to New Year

A Carnoustie woman has set herself 10,000 reasons to get fit after winning a place in the Virgin London Marathon next year.'Petra McMillan hopes to raise �10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care when she joins over 37,000 other runners in the capital on April 17 for the world's most prestigious running event....see attached story.''...Pic:Paul Reid/Angus Pictures
A Carnoustie woman has set herself 10,000 reasons to get fit after winning a place in the Virgin London Marathon next year.'Petra McMillan hopes to raise �10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care when she joins over 37,000 other runners in the capital on April 17 for the world's most prestigious running event....see attached story.''...Pic:Paul Reid/Angus Pictures

GENEROUS shoppers throughout Angus and Dundee have helped Carnoustie woman Petra McMillan raise more than £1,000 for charity over the festive period - and boosted her drive to support local families living with cancer.

Jewellery sales held at schools and nursing homes in Angus, David Lloyd gym in Monifieth and Dundee University raised £1,010 in December.

The cash, which will be used to provide free nursing care to the terminally ill at home in the local area, is a significant boost to Petra who hopes to raise £10,000 this year for the charity.

She said: “I am hugely grateful to everyone who attended our sales and supported Marie Curie by buying my jewellery.

“This is a great way to start the new year and kickstart our fund-raising for 2011.”

Petra, who lost her mum, Renate Rennie, to cancer in June, 2009, is currently in training for the Virgin London Marathon on April 17.

Last year the 37-year-old trekked the West Highland Way and climbed Ben Nevis for the charity and, with friends and family, raised over £6,000 for local families in need.

Anyone who would like to support Petra’s marathon effort can do so via www.justgiving.com/Petra-McMillan or call the charity direct on 0131 561 3948.

Petra is pictured lying in the £10,000 she hopes to raise for Marie Curie this year.

Paul Reid/Angus Pictures