FRIENDS and family of a young mum described as the 'life and soul of any party' are fundraising in her memory.

Kelly Roberts, of Garden Village, Wrexham, died aged 41 in July last year after a battle with leukaemia.

She left behind husband Ed and young son Arthur.

Now friends and family are coming together to take on the British 10k in London this weekend to raise money for the Anthony Nolan cancer charity.

The charity works to help people with blood cancer, who need a stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant.

Close friend Katie Skellon and Kelly's niece Bethan will be among those running the 10k.

So far they have raised nearly £500 via a JustGiving page and they are aiming to make it £800 through those donations by the time they take on the challenge on Sunday.

To assist with their overall fundraising they ran a 'Bubbly and Brunch' which raised more than £1,000.

Katie said: "After losing Kelly last year far too young in her life to leukaemia, it’s been an incredibly hard year for her family, husband Ed and young son Arthur.

"She fought long and hard through the terrible Illness but even after a stem cell transplant it had become too much.

"However, being the life and soul of any event, Kelly would have wanted everyone to remember her with fond memories.

"She was the life and soul of any party.

"We also used to call her the queen of quizzes and had originally thought of doing a quiz until we settled on this event instead.

"I've donated stem cells to an anonymous recipient through the Anthony Nolan Trust myself, and Kelly was so proud of that."

Katie added that Kelly's friends and family have been overwhelmed with the support their efforts are receiving from the community.

She added: "Local business owner Sarah Kyffin of the Loft Beautique gave up her free time to pamper on the day and many other local businesses donated amazing raffle prizes.

"Donations from coffee syrup from Blank Canvas, Ty Pawb, to a £50 voucher for the fab Skin Aesthetics, Wrexham really is a town that pulls together.

"Kelly would have loved to have been here."