LOSING a loved one is devastating for anyone.
But Southsea mum Hayley Summerfield, whose partner died from a brain tumour, has decided to channel her grief positively and raise money for a good cause.
Hayley, 42, will take part in the Morrison’s Great South Run at Southsea on Sunday to support the charity Brain Tumour Research.
Her partner Jon Winn, 47, died five years ago to an undiagnosed glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive and common type of brain tumour.
She said: ‘We had five years of hell during which Jon was misdiagnosed.
‘It wasn’t until after he died that the tumour was diagnosed.
‘It took a post-mortem examination to reveal the tumour which had been growing in his brain, robbing him of his ability to speak and taking away his independence.’
Jon first became ill after taking part in the Great South Run himself in 2005, raising money for a cancer charity.
Hayley said: ‘Little did we know that within months he would be taken seriously ill.’
Hayley works as a healthcare assistant at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and will be running with friend Rachel Shergold, 38, of Cosham, a sister at the hospital.
Hayley and Jon had two children together – Billy, 21, and Ryan, 16. Jon also has three children from a previous marriage.
Hayley is a former nominee for The News’s Best of Health Awards and was shortlisted in the Carer of the Year category for the devotion she showed to Jon until his death in 2010.
The money raised by the women’s run will help fund vital research at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth and at three other UK centres.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease.
Donations can be made via Hayley’s Just Giving page justgiving.com/Hayley-Summerfield3.