Rothwell greengrocer’s Great North Run effort raises £500

Sean after the race.
Sean after the race.

A Rothwell greengrocer who ran a half marathon in memory of Alan Mills has raised £500 for Brain Tumour Research.

Sean Connolly, 33, runs the Northampton Grocers in High Street which is next door to the home the councillor and Rowell Fair bailiff shared with his wife Karen until he died from a brain tumour in 2016.

Sean ran 13.1 miles in his memory at the Great North Run in Newcastle to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Sean said: “Alan used to come into the shop with his dog to buy his weekly fruit and veg.

“We got talking after he asked if I had more pomegranates as his doctor had recommended their health benefits.

“That’s when he told me about his brain tumour and that he had been advised to eat healthier food.

“He was such a nice man and it was great that I got to know him and his family.

“I hope my efforts will help raise awareness of the current underfunding for research into brain tumours.”

Suzanne McKenna, head of community fundraising (north) for Brain Tumour Research, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer.

“Stories like Alan’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.

“Not many people know that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“The charity is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.

“We are extremely grateful to Sean and all our runners for raising such vital funds to help us find a cure for this horrible disease.”

To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Sean’s JustGiving page, click here.