A FAMILY from Davenham has raised more than £2,400 to help in the fight against a devastating disease.

The Woodcock family were inspired to take part in the 10km Manchester Run after witnessing the care and support Stuart Woodcock received during and after his treatment for a brain tumour.

Davenham man Stuart went along on the day to support his family in their run for The Brain Tumour Charity.

He said: “The atmosphere at the event was fantastic and the day was sunny and hot, not the best for running.

“I only properly realised during and after the operations just how valuable and irreplaceable the surgeons, consultants and nurses are when things like this happen to you.

“I wished I could run myself but just had to give the best support I could.”

Stuart and the team of four runners initially aimed to raise £500 for The Brain Tumour Charity and are overwhelmed with their final total.

“We know times are hard, but the money we raised for the research was astounding, the eventual figure settling around £2,400,” Stuart said.

“This included a superb donation from The County High School, Leftwich”

Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.

“We are leading the way in changing this and truly fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work, including a £2.5million investment into research this year alone.

“We receive no government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Stuart and the team that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”