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Daughter’s adrenaline challenge takes fundraising to new heights

A daughter is preparing to face her fears to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research after her mum was diagnosed with a deadly form of the disease.

Lorrain Seekings was given 12 months to live after she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in December 2019.

She underwent an eight-hour operation to remove most of the tumour, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Sadly, after a scan at the end of 2022 showed the tumour had grown back, doctors made the decision to stop treatment.

Lorrain’s daughter Carla (pictured with Lorrain) said: “Memories have popped up on social media and I can see from those pictures that Mum is losing her mobility and her appearance is changing. She gets fatigued quickly and now uses a wheelchair to get around. Shortly after Mum’s diagnosis we found out my sister was pregnant, and I think that really kept her going – the fact she was going to be a grandma for the first time.”

Inspired by her mum’s unwavering courage, Carla will brave the Spinnaker Tower Abseil on Saturday 22nd April. She will descend 100 metres down the iconic Portsmouth landmark to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Carla added: “I’ll probably be nervous as I stand on the edge and look over, but I am very excited to take part in the challenge, hopefully with my mum watching from the bottom.”

It’s not the first fundraising the family has done for Brain Tumour Research. Last November, Carla’s dad John completed the Gosport Half Marathon, raising £700 to help find a cure.

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