More than 100 walkers turned a park pink in memory of a father-of-two who died from a brain tumour aged 39.

Shaz Hetherington of Woodford Green organised the event in memory of her late husband David and managed to raise £4,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

The widow was joined by her children Layla, six, and Daniel, four, for Saturday’s walk around Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Dubbed ‘The David Hetherington Memorial Walk of Hope’, the event saw participants of all ages clad in pink t-shirts complete the three-mile route.

In August, Mrs Hetherington set up Power of David (PoD), a fundraising group under the umbrella of the Brain Tumour Research charity to help fund the fight against the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

She said: “I’m delighted that the Walk of Hope was such a success and that so many people turned out to help us fundraise.

“Many of us are inspired by David’s memory but we are also walking in honour of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer daily from this disease.

“We can’t sit back and let this situation continue.”

David was diagnosed with a low-grade oligoastrocytoma brain tumour when Shaz was 31 weeks pregnant with their first child.

Over time, his tumour changed to a grade four glioblastoma – a highly aggressive form of the disease – and he underwent treatment which was sadly unsuccessful and he died in November 2016.

In his memory, Shaz has gone on to raise over £25,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Janice Wright, community fundraising manager for the charity said: “It was incredible to see so many people turn out for the Walk of Hope.

“Seeing over 100 people in their bright pink Brain Tumour Research t-shirts highlighted that there is strength in numbers, and together we can help bring an end to this devastating disease.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone who joined in the event and hope that their efforts will inspire others to fundraise.

“The money raised will help us to fund dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.”

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