Woman’s 20 challenges to raise money for Brain Tumour Research

A friend’s late husband is the inspiration behind a woman’s pledge to take on 20 unique challenges throughout 2020, to raise money for the charity Brain Tumour Research..

Karen McNamara, 53, is doing a two-day static cycle challenge at the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath this weekend in conjunction with Brain Tumour Research’s annual On Yer Bike event.

Karen was inspired to embark on 12 months of fundraising by her good friend and former colleague, Wendy McMahon, 58, from Mottingham.

Wendy’s husband, Glenn McMahon, was 53 when he died in June 2015, having been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in September 2013.

Since his death, Wendy has gone on to raise more than £60,000 in his memory.

Karen kicked off a year of fundraising with a bracing sea swim on New Year’s Day. She has at least one event planned each month for the rest of the year, with the aim of doing 20 fundraisers in total.

Karen said: “Although I only met Glenn a handful of times, he absolutely knocked me back by how positive and upbeat he was despite his battle against all the odds.”

“After Glenn passed away, Wendy’s resilience continued to inspire me. I am in awe of how she has gone on to tirelessly campaign for Brain Tumour Research and set up the Glenn McMahon Foundation.”

Karen, from Dartford, added: “Lots of the challenges I’m embarking on will be very physical. Sport and exercise do not come naturally to me. I am definitely not a born athlete. However, having recently lost a lot of weight, I have discovered that exercise can make you feel great physically and mentally.”

To donate to Brain Tumour Research via Karen’s JustGiving page click here.

Pictured top are Karen, left and Wendy.


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