The countdown is on to our Walk of Hope

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Saturday sees the return of our Walk of Hope and with just a couple of days to go, supporters across the UK are preparing to step out to help find a cure for brain tumours. 

Fauzia Ashraf is joining our 5km Walk of Hope through Woodbank Park in Stockport. It’s after her son, Saqib Ahmed, died from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in October 2021, at the age of five. 

Fauzia, who gave birth to her third child just days before Saqib passed away, said: “I want to raise at least £274 which is 10% of the cost to fund one day of brain tumour research. Research will lead to cures, it will help children, and it will help the next family that sadly receives this awful diagnosis.”

Meanwhile in Pershore, Worcestershire the community is coming together for a 4.6-mile walk organised by the Mayor, Councillor Matthew Winfield, who has dedicated a year of fundraising for Brain Tumour Research after resident Rob Faulkner died of a glioblastoma (GBM) last April.

Our Fundraising Group, M & M Adventures – which was set up by Mandy Calaz after her husband Mark died from a GBM in July last year – is also getting involved. Last year, the Group (pictured) raised more than £800 by completing a 22km Walk of Hope across Salisbury Plain with Mandy carrying some of Mark’s ashes.

Now, she and a team of eight friends are taking on our New Forest Walk of Hope. Mandy said: “Mark and I did a Walk of Hope together after he was diagnosed. Now I am continuing Mark’s work, because I promised him I would keep fighting and keep funding research so that other families don’t have to go through what we have.”

It’s not too late to get involved! Whether you’d like to come along to one of our organised walks or plan your own Walk of Hope any day that suits you, please get involved however you can and help us raise vital funds and awareness to get closer to a cure for all types of brain tumours.

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