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Last Updated: Friday, 28 January, 2005, 14:40 GMT
'Indomitable' Jane tops 1m mark
Jane Tomlinson is congratulated by her husband
The Tomlinson family want to move out of the public eye
Terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has ended four years of gruelling fund-raising work by announcing she has surpassed her 1m target.

The mother-of-three from Rothwell, Leeds, said she had raised 1,150,000.

"The response has been overwhelming and we'd like to thank the thousands of people who've contributed," she said.

The money raised will be split between Macmillan Cancer Relief, Sparks, The Paediatric Acute Service and the Hannah House children's care home in Leeds.

A Sparks spokesman said: "Jane's achievement is quite remarkable.

"It is a tribute to her unique combination of compassion, true Yorkshire grit and an indomitable spirit.

"Even some of her greatest admirers found it hard to believe she would actually reach her 1m milestone, but impossible is a word that doesn't really seem to exist in the Tomlinson lexicon."

If there's ever a story of what can be achieved in your head as opposed to the body, this is it
Mike Tomlinson, Jane's husband

Jane's husband Mike Tomlinson said: "I don't think anyone, including myself, appreciates what Jane has done.

"Four years ago, she was two days away from death and contemplating giving up treatment.

"If there's ever a story of what can be achieved in your head as opposed to the body, this is it."

Mrs Tomlinson has completed the London Marathon three times, the London Triathlon twice, been the first terminal cancer sufferer to complete two half-Ironman triathlons, attempted the Nice three-quarter Ironman, cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and from Rome to her home in Leeds.

She retired from public fund-raising after completing the "ultimate" challenge last month - the full Ironman in Florida.

The 41-year-old was named Greatest British Campaigner at the Greatest Briton 2004 awards in London on Wednesday night.

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