Workmates step out to raise awareness of brain tumour symptoms

Workmates step out to raise awareness of brain tumour symptoms

Gill Wooler, left, and Alice Keinhorst on Whernside

Pictured at the summit of Penyghent are, from left, Paul Midgley, Rebekah O’Doherty, Andrew Wooler, Alice Keinhorst, Chris O’Doherty and Gill Wooler

First published in News

WORKMATES from a building firm have completed a gruelling challenge in tribute to a popular colleague from Earby who has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

More than a dozen people from Keighley-based RN Wooler tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks in energy-sapping heat on Saturday.

And their efforts are set to raise around £3,000 – three times the original target.

The team took on the challenge in aid of the charity, Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, after Lisa Cooney – a reception worker – was found to have the condition earlier this year.

The 38-year-old mother of two young children has undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy and was due to receive latest scan results this week.

Her husband Scott was among those who took part in the walk, and Mrs Cooney met up with all the participants afterwards.

Most of the group completed all three peaks – Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

"It was a warm day but the views from the peaks were absolutely fantastic," said Alice Keinhorst, who works in Wooler's contracts department.

"So far we've raised over £2,180 through our justgiving website but with other sponsorship we should reach £3,000, which we're delighted with."

She added: "We were all totally devastated when we learned about Lisa's condition. She is such a lovely person.

"The aim of the challenge was also to make people more aware of the condition and its symptoms."

Mrs Cooney had been suffering from headaches and earlier this year visited her opticians, fearing the problem may be sight-related.

She was sent by her GP for a CT scan at Airedale Hospital in early March, and after an abnormality was found was referred back for an MRI examination.

It was subsequently discovered that she had an inoperable tumour.

People can still donate to the Three Peaks walk fund by visiting justgiving.com/RNWooler/.

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