Friends undertake 10k run to raise awareness of brain tumours

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A SUTTON woman and her friend will be donning their running shoes to raise people’s understanding of brain tumours.

Debbie Walters’ father Graham Haywood was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in November 2011 after being misdiagnosed several times.

She said: “We took him to the GP five times. He had lost his mobility in his right side and we thought he’d had a stroke or a trapped nerve.”

Now Debbie and her friend Shona Hett (both 36) are hoping to raise awareness of the condition as well as generate vital funds for the Brain Tumour Charity by taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run on 26th May.

The 10km race will be broadcast on BBC2 which means that Graham will be able to watch it.

Shona, from Mansfield Woodhouse, said that the pair had previously done the 5km Race for Life in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

“We decided to do something bigger,” she said.

Debbie and Shona say they are both nervous about undertaking their latest challenge - but say that they hope the crowds will give them a boost on the day.

The pair have been training at the gym and they have also been out running at King’s Mill Reservoir.

The Brain Tumour Charity undertakes research and provides much-needed support to sufferers and their families.

Debbie said: “If we can get more research and funds we can try and find a cure for it.”

More than 8,500 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour every year and each year, 3,500 people lose their lives to a brain tumour.

Some of the symptoms include a new seizure in an adult, gradual loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg, unsteadiness or imbalance especially if it is associated with a headache, loss of vision, double vision, hearing loss and difficulty speaking.

For information visit To sponsor Debbie and Shona, visit or text BART60 £2 to 70070 (texts cost £2 and all money goes to the Brain Tumour Charity).