Amazing aunt reveals fundraising challenge to support niece diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour

An amazing aunt whose teenage niece was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour is undertaking a phenomenal fundraising challenge to support her.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 9:39 am

Jenna-Lee Carrington, 14, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour just before Christmas, inspiring her aunt Amanda Coughlan, 35, to raise money for the Brain Tumour Support charity in her honour.

Amanda will be running the Three Peaks Challenge, which will see her take on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon one after the other.

She will also take part in a 7k night run, the Sunderland 10k, the Race for Life 5k, the Great North 10k, and the Northumberland Coast Mighty Hike.

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Jenna-Lee Carrington (left) and her auntie Amanda Coughlan
Jenna-Lee Carrington (left) and her auntie Amanda Coughlan

Amanda said: “People who know me well know how much family means to me. Being an auntie is one of my greatest privileges.

“Seeing my niece Jenna go through this is terribly heartbreaking, it is also heart breaking seeing my sister Wendy go through this, how difficult it must be as a mother – they are all both so incredibly brave and strong, they are inspirational.”

Amanda will be fundraising throughout the year in support of her niece and to honour the strength being shown by Jenna, her family and her friends.

She added: “Doing these events gives me strength, a positive focus whilst contributing to a worthy cause.”

Jenna-Lee Carrington, 14

Brain Tumour Support travels the country to provide support to families who have been impacted by a brain tumour diagnosis.

Amanda has already raised over £800 thanks to the generous support of those from the Washington community and beyond.

In December, Oxclose School pupil Jenna was rushed to hospital when she suffered a fit in school after suffering with migraines and feeling unwell, she was then taken to Newcastle’s RVI where she was told the news she has an inoperable brain tumour that is fast-growing and cancerous.

Those who to wish to donate to Amanda and her cause can do so at this link