A Cystic Fibrosis sufferer is continuing to defy the odds, by competing in this year's London Marathon - and he needs your help.

Four years ago Matt Strange, from Heswall, completed 10 events spread over the year to help raise as much awareness and money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as he could, raising almost £4000 in the process.

Now he is back again and preparing to take on his biggest challenge to date in the world's most famous marathon this April.

He said: “This will be one of the hardest challenges I have faced, the London Marathon is something I have always wanted to complete and prove that my body has no limits. I want to prove that Cystic Fibrosis can't hold me back.”

Matt, 34, was diagnosed at four weeks old with Cystic Fibrosis. He is a keen runner and general fitness fanatic.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene. This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Each week five babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis, and two people die.

The average life expectancy ranges from 30-35 years, so training and keeping fit is an essential part of trying to defy the odds, something that Matt has always been focused on.

Matt has a target of £2500 to raise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which will go towards supporting some of the vital research that is currently ongoing.

If you would like to sponsor Matt to help him reach his target and spread more awareness you can do so at the following link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/londonmarathon-mattstrange