A ROYAL National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) officer from Teignmouth is to take on the London Marathon in a bid to raise funds for the beloved charity.

Anne Steele Arnett, Teignmouth's Lifeboat Visitors Officer, is hard at work preparing for the iconic road race.

She has set a target of £1000, and is well on the way to achieving this goal, having raised more than £600 already.

Anne has set up a daily blog where she has been posting updates on her training ahead of the 26 mile race, which takes place on April 21.

‘If you would like to support her in achieving her target of raising £1000 you can use her just giving page using the link below which will also allow you to follow Anne's daily blogg as she finishes her training ahead of the big day’ a spokesperson for RNLI Teignmouth said.

For those wanting to donate, and to keep up today with Anne’s journey, click here.

Teignmouth Lifeboat Station was established in 1851.

It has supported with rescues along the busy shores between Berry Head and Exmouth and, of course, up the River Teign for decades.

As one of the oldest working stations, it continues to work as a community water safety operative, with crews from local stations working together to respond to calls from the Coastguards to save lives at, in or around the sea and shorelines.

The London Marathon first took place in 1981 and has become one of the most popular marathons in the world.