A NANNY is set to run her first marathon in memory of a youngster she cared for, who died at the age of three.

Gabe Burrows died in February 2016 having been born with multiple disabilities.

Now his nanny, Alison Brown, is set to run the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Rainbow House, a centre near Chorley that aids children and adults with neurological condition and supported Gabe during his short life.

Alison, 45, said: “For Gabe, his journey started at seven months old at baby boot camp before joining sessions twice weekly from 11 months.

“I took Gabe each week to one of his sessions and it was lovely to see him progress.

“His achievements may have been small, for example being able to lift his head up, but for Gabe, his family and myself they were huge.

“Rainbow House also helped me to learn new skills enabling me to continue to help Gabe progress outside of conductive education.

“I got to meet some truly amazing and inspirational conductors, parents and most importantly children.”

Alison first became Gabe’s nanny when he was nine months old.

Scans before he was born showed that his brain was not developing properly and that he would be severely disabled if he survived birth.

His family, from Eccleston, were ‘determined to give him every chance’, but Gabe sadly died last year aged three-and-a-half.

Alison added: “Gabe sadly was unable to keep fighting and on February 22 2016 he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.

“He will always hold a special place in my heart and I feel very privileged to have been part of his life.”

To donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/Alison-Brown61.