Welwyn Garden City man takes on London Marathon in honour of tumour victims

Josh Turnbull and James Morgan, from Welwyn Garden City. Picture taken by: Buster Martin.

Josh Turnbull and James Morgan, from Welwyn Garden City. Picture taken by: Buster Martin.

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A Welwyn Garden City man is lacing up his running shoes to tackle the London Marathon in a bid to fight brain tumours after the disease took the lives of loved ones.

James Morgan, 21, of Welwyn Garden City, is taking on the challenge to raise money for the Brain Research Trust after his beloved grandmother, Angela Morgan, passed away after suffering with a brain tumour, in October 2016.

James said: “The charity is very close to home for my family, friends, and I.

“With my grandmother it happened very quickly and had a substantial impact on our family.

“She was a truly amazing person and was adored by so many for her boundless positivity and happiness, her passing has caused a lot of heartbreak.”

Not only this, but one of his best friends, who he attended Applecroft School and Stanborough School with, Josh Turnbull, 21, lost his mother to a brain tumour.

James, who works at Tesco’s head office for F&F as an assistant merchandise planner, added: “It was an incredibly tough time for their family and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must have been for them.

“Janet Turnbull was sincerely lovely, and I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to raise money in both my grandmother’s and her memory.

“Throughout my life I’ve seen and experienced the destruction that brain-related illnesses can cause, and that motivates me like nothing else to do my part and make a difference so that less people will have to experience this pain.”

Brain Research Trust funds research into the causes of neurological disorders.

The trust develops new treatments and tries to help improve the lives of those affected.

The charity is currently funding research into a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, stroke, brain tumours, Motor Neurone Disease and ataxia.

Although not a “particularly keen runner” James has set himself an ambitious target of £2,500, which he hopes to achieve through involvement in fundraising events and donations.

James said: “I’ve been running three to four times a week since September and having to eat a lot more food than usual so that my body can handle it, however there was definitely more eating than running over Christmas and New Year.

“I’m back into a good routine now though, and am back to running four times a week.”

To raise the funds, he will be holding a cake sale at work and has booked a day at Oxford Circus which allows him to take collections from the public.

To donate visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesMorgan20

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