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gosport 50-mile charity walk

50-mile charity walk launched in Gosport mums memory

Pictured: Helen Bulbeck from Brainstrust is pictured at Trinity Landing, Isle of Wight, with Jon Jones and his children, 14-year-old Adrienne and 12-year-old Isaac.

The family of a Gosport woman who died of a brain tumour in 2016 have helped the Isle of Wight-based charity she supported to launch a two-day, 50-mile fundraising walk around the island.

 

Jon Jones, his 14-year-old daughter Adrienne and 12-year-old son Isaac, from Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, joined Helen Bulbeck, co-founder and director of services at brainstrust, to launch the charitys third Follow the Seagulls two-day walk, which starts on 1 April and will cover a 50-mile route around the Isle of Wight.

 

Mum Jo Jones, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010, took part in the 2016 Follow the Seagulls walk. She died last summer.

 

Adrienne Jones said: "Mum really enjoyed the walk. It was a challenge for all of us, but it felt good afterwards. I w

Family launch walk in memory of mum

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