Fundraising Groups going the extra mile today

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Three of our Fundraising Groups are taking on incredible challenges or hosting awesome events today to help us fund vital research to find a cure for all types of brain tumours.

Courageous supporters of Albie and Beyond are taking on the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge on what should have been the fifth birthday of Albie Bayliss-Watts. Albie’s mum Lauren, along with Hayley Cook, Lisa Jones and Jon Watts are tackling the 34km Jurassic Coast option from Corfe Castle to Weymouth, while Scott Crofts-Cawthan is braving the full 100km from Corfe Castle to Bridport.

Albie, who Lauren described as “beautiful, funny and courageous”, was just two years old when he passed away in 2021, less than a year after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour so rare it couldn’t be identified.

Aaron’s Army was set up to remember Aaron Wharton (pictured below with mum Nicola) who passed away last year in April, aged seven, from an anaplastic ependymoma. He had been diagnosed at the age of four and spent 10 weeks in hospital undergoing two surgeries and developing meningitis twice. Despite also undergoing proton beam therapy and chemotherapy, nothing could save him.

This evening, friends, family and supporters will get together for a fundraising Villains’ Ball in North Wales to honour Aaron who loved everything Disney and especially the villain characters. Among his favourites were Tamatoa from Moana and Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

Meanwhile, Jasmine and Wayne, the elder sister and dad of Leah Martin, are stepping up to do the Big Oke – a 120ft freefall abseil from the Meldon Viaduct in Okehampton, Devon.

The inspiration for Leah’s Fairy Fund, Leah (pictured at the top of the page with Jasmine, Wayne and mum Jo) was diagnosed with a high-grade medulloblastoma at the age of two. She underwent several operations and a gruelling regime of high-dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Now aged 12, Leah lives with life-changing, long-term side effects which include problems with her speech, mobility, vision and hearing loss, as well as severe learning difficulties and growth issues due to hormonal deficiencies.

If you are inspired to donate, please click here and give your reason as Aaron’s Army, Albie and Beyond or Leah’s Fairy Fund

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