AN UNDERTAKER who was invited to The House of Lords for afternoon tea in recognition of her fundraising is getting ready for her next marathon.

Jo Tolley ran her first London Marathon in 2018 for a charity called Phab and raised over £2000.

Mrs Tolley, 48 said: "The experience was absolutely amazing so when I got offered a place this year I couldn’t say no and once again raised £2000."

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the London Marathon and Mrs Tolley will run for Phab again with a target of £2000.

Mrs Tolley has two children and seven grandchildren. She said: "I was so lucky and blessed to be invited to the House of Lords for afternoon tea in recognition of my running and fundraising for Phab kids and I got to hear some inspiring stories from other fundraisers so feel very lucky to be running for them again"

Phab Inspires and supports children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life. The charity was started in 1957.

Mrs Tolley was brought up in Pershore and moved away, working for 17 years in the funeral profession in Worcester. She was the manager of many branches.

Mrs Tolley said: "In April 2018 I moved back home to Pershore and started working for E Hill & Son Funeral Directors serving the local community. I feel very privileged to be helping local families at a very sad and emotional time and I love being part of Hill team as their funeral Director."

Mrs Tolley's sister and her husband, Julie and Mike Carr of Carrs Newsagents have helped her for the last two years by holding a Christmas raffle. This year Coffee#1 have kindly agreed to hold the raffle.