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Brain tumour patient taking on Yorkshire Three Peaks

A man living with the life-changing effects of a brain tumour is taking on the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Jeremy Payne (pictured left, with wife Mel and sons, Charlie and Oliver) is taking on the challenge today accompanied by 10 members of his family. The team is aiming to complete the scenic 25-mile route, summiting the iconic peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in just 12 hours.

They are raising funds for Brain Tumour Research after Jeremy was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma in 2016. Prior to his diagnosis, Jeremy was a keen cyclist and runner. He now lives with the effects of his brain tumour, which include extreme fatigue, anxiety and epilepsy.

Joining Jeremy for his mountain challenge are his two children, Charlie, 14, and 13-year-old Oliver who will be the youngest walker, alongside aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Jeremy’s father, Robert, is the eldest walker at the age of 74.

Jeremy said: “I was always a ‘take the stairs instead of the lift’ person, but now even going up and down the stairs is difficult. No-one prepares you for the side effects of living with a brain tumour and fatigue has only spurred me on to want to complete this challenge.

“My family will be with me and we plan to have regular stops and I know with their support, and encouragement I will get through it.”

Good luck to the team today!

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