Park Run funds vital research in memory of Sunderland mum

The Park Run in honour of Lorna Atkinson. Pictures by Paul Walker from Paulo's Running Pics Facebook page

The Park Run in honour of Lorna Atkinson. Pictures by Paul Walker from Paulo's Running Pics Facebook page

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A Park Run held in memory of a popular Sunderland mum has helped fund vital research into the disease which claimed her life.

More than £4,000 was raised for Brain Tumour Research after Lorna Atkinson, from East Herrington, lost an 18-month battle with the disease last month.

Lisa Atkinson

Lisa Atkinson

Her daughters Lisa Atkinson and Louise Bircham channelled their grief to organise a Park Run to honour the 69-year-old and help future patients.

A record crowd turned up at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, for the weekly run, with many donning Lorna’s favourite colour of green.

Lisa, 34, said: “We were blown away with the support, hundreds of runners and spectators came along. It was a record number for that Park Run and the atmosphere was buzzing.

“We had planned the event while mam was alive, so it made it even more poignant because she knew we were going to do this in her name. She was going to come along and cheer us from her wheelchair.”

Louise, Lorna and Lisa

Louise, Lorna and Lisa

Determined to fight the condition which killed their mum, Lisa and Louise, 36, have set up The Lorn’s Legacy, which will see them take on a series of fundraising.

Lisa, who will compete in the London Marathon on Sunday for the cause, said: “The run was unbelievable, then we all went to Saltwell Towers Cafe who kindly let us use the cafe for a cake sale and raffle. The owner Hazel was great.

“Our friends also helped us massively on the day by selling raffle tickets, selling cakes, getting donations and selling gift packs. It’s really helped to give us something to focus on after mam’s death.”

She added: “The funds are so vital. It’s an issue that was debated in Parliament this week because only 1% of research funds goes into brain tumour research. It’s been agreed that more funding should be given.”

l To donate to The Lorn’s Legacy, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theLornsLegacy

Lisa and Louise

Lisa and Louise