A woman was inspired to run a half marathon after her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Jennifer Thorn, from Kelvedon, took on the Oxford Half Marathon for her mother and in memory of Danny Green, an 11-year-old boy from Canvey Island who tragically died from a tumour.

Ms Thorn was joined by friend Lauren Shorter, from Basildon, on October 8 and together the pair raised £1,300 for Brain Tumour Research.

Fortunately Ms Thorn’s mother survived the tumour, but Danny died in 2012 despite chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Ms Thorn said: “Mum was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour the size of a lightbulb in the meninges, the outer lining of her brain.

“She had surgery to remove the tumour and thankfully has been fine ever since.

“We know we are very lucky Mum is fit and well. A good friend of mine battled for about three years and had significant personality changes before he passed away.”

The two women have already exceeded their joint target of raising £1,200.

The charity funds a network of centres of excellence where scientists are focused on improving treatments for patients and finding a cure.

Each day of research costs £2,740.

Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising for the charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lauren and Jennifer and everyone who has supported the charity.

“Sadly, Danny’s family are not alone in their experience.”

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/lauren-jenny and justgiving.com/fundraising/j-thorn.