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A couple are taking on a series of challenges to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) and his wife, Bev, will be attempting a mixture of half, full and ultra marathons along with a mountain hike for the Lily Foundation.

The charity helps those affected by, and funds research into, Mitochondrial Disease, a rare and currently incurable condition that the pair's baby grandson, Cory, has been diagnosed with.

The couple are urging people to support them by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.

com/team/Downes2014.

Otley woman Mel Metcalfe is also supporting the family’s fundraising by organising a fashion show and sponsored sky dive.