A determined group of walkers who tackled 50 miles of the Isle of Wight coastline in just 2 days have helped raise more than £40,000 for charity.
The walkers were part of brain tumour charity brainstrust’s ‘Follow the Seagulls’ challenge, which saw 3 groups set off on 50 mile hikes, on the Isle of Wight, in Scotland and Yorkshire over the past weekend.
The charity works to support 60,000 people across the UK living with a brain tumour. Many of the people taking part in the gruelling event had their own personal reasons for doing it.
Every year approximately 11,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people. More than 5,000 people die from a brain tumour every year.
A brain tumour diagnosis turns people’s world upside down, it is an isolating and terrifying disease. brainstrust was established to support people on their journey following diagnosis.
Will Jones, chief executive of brainstrust, said:
“We’d just like to say a big thank you to the people who walked for us – they are true superheroes. The funds raised from this event will make a real difference to the lives of people living with brain tumours. Every walk was amazing, the camaraderie amongst the walkers, keeping each other going when it got tough and the celebration of each other’s achievement was inspiring, to say the least.
“They were so determined to complete the challenge, I know there were a few blisters and aching legs at the end, but we’re so grateful for their commitment to our charity”.
To donate, visit brainstrust.org.uk/donate.