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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

Josh swaps “chip shop stroll” for charity challenge

A Norfolk man has completed an epic three-day challenge to walk 100 miles in aid of Brain Tumour Research. 

Josh Cousins decided he would take on the Peddars Way trail because, in his own words, no one would sponsor his to “walk to the chippy and back”. The demanding route, which he started on Friday (4th August), took him from Knettishall Heath Country Park, in Suffolk, to Holme-next-the-Sea, on the north Norfolk coast, and back. 

He said: “Anyone who knows me will be aware I haven’t done half as much moving as I should have, for far too many years. This made running a marathon an impossible task, so I decided to settle for a walking fundraiser instead.  

“However, I soon realised that nobody would sponsor me to walk to the chippy and back, which is how I decided on the Peddars Way challenge.” 

Josh’s fundraising challenge was inspired by family friend Mark Oatridge, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. Mark (pictured with his wife, Alison) was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in April last year, and has undergone a craniotomy and debulking surgery followed by 15 radiotherapy sessions and eight rounds of three different types of chemotherapy drugs. 

“Before all this happened with Mark, I didn’t realise how massively underfunded brain tumour research is. Now it’s a case of, having seen what Mark’s going through and what his family’s having to endure, wanting to do what I can to prevent others from going through the same,” Josh added. 

To support Josh’s fundraising, please donate via his JustGiving page

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