Newton Aycliffe fun day raises £1,000 for Heighington brain tumour victim charity

Claire Gardiner, from Heighington, died of a brain tumour last January. Her friends and family set up a charity, Madathlon in her honour.

Claire Gardiner, from Heighington, died of a brain tumour last January. Her friends and family set up a charity, Madathlon in her honour.

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A FUN day has raised more than £1,000 for a charity set up in memory of a young woman who died of a brain tumour.

Claire Gardiner, 30, from Heighington, near Darlington, died within hours of being diagnosed last January.

A charity, Madathlon, was set up in her honour and has already raised thousands of pounds for lifesaving hospital equipment.

Terry and Vikki Anderson, of CrossFit All Out in Newton Aycliffe, heard about the charity through Laura Lineton, one of Miss Gardiner’s best friends, who attends the gym.

Determined the help, they hosted an action packed fun day, complete with barbeque, bouncy castle, campervan rides, face painting and much more.

This alone raised £886 and CrossFit members brought this up to £1,100 by taking part in a gruelling 12-hour work out.

Mrs Anderson said: “We are very grateful to have shared such a special day with so many people for such a great local charity, in memory of Claire.”

The money will go towards the purchase of two ‘blood bikes’, which are used to transport organs, blood donations and samples to hospital.

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