A GROUP of intrepid walkers completed a two-day, 50 mile trek, raising money to support people with a brain tumour.

With everyone in the group having been affected by a brain tumour in some way, be it personal diagnosis, a family member, or the loss of a loved one, they managed to raise more than £55,000.

The Follow the Seagulls charity trek is one of four that took place across the UK last month, raising money for Brainstrust.

More than 60,000 people across the UK are living with a brain tumour, and Brainstrust – based on the Isle of Wight – gives support and advice to patients, families and caregivers across the country.

The group of 12 set off from Cowes, travelling through Bembridge, Shanklin, Ventnor, Niton, Brighstone, and completing the 50 mile trek in Yarmouth the following day.

Among those who took part was Isle of Wight postie Andrew Fowle, who took on the challenge in memory of his son Ashley, who died from a brain tumour just two months before his 14th birthday.

Andrew said: "I always wanted to do something to give back and to support other people who might be in the same position as we were."

"It’s was important to me to walk in the memory of my son Ashley who was an inspiration to a lot of people."

Will Jones, chief executive of Brainstrust, said: "Being diagnosed with a brain tumour has a devastating impact on people’s lives.

"This is why the personalised 24/7 support that we offer at Brainstrust, from the point of diagnosis, is vital. We build resources which help people become stronger and more in control of their lives."

For more information about brainstrust visit www.brainstrust.org.uk

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