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Fundraising continues in memory of brain tumour victim Claire
3:40pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
LIFE-SAVING hospital equipment has been unveiled after a North-East man helped raise thousands of pounds in his sister’s memory.
Claire Gardiner, from Heighington, near Darlington, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December after she lost the sight in her left eye.
The 30-year-old died in James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, shortly after her diagnosis.
Determined to help others in similar situations to his sister, Edd Gardiner created the charity ‘Madathlon, in memory of Claire Gardiner’.
It raised more than £15,000 to buy a cooling machine for the hospital.
The equipment treats people with serious head injuries by bringing their body temperature down. It has already been used twice.
Mr Gardiner said: “It’s a brilliant feeling knowing that something that myself and the other volunteers have literally poured our blood, sweat and tears into helps people.
“Especially when considering the patients it helps are in similar circumstance as Claire was.”
To raise the money, Mr Gardiner, from Shildon, County Durham, tackled the National Three Peaks hike over the highest hills in England, Scotland and Wales - Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
He also took part in a coast to coast cycle ride between Whitehaven and Newcastle and the Great North Swim, a one-mile open water swim in Lake Windermere.
He was joined by Rob Shields, Dan Long and Helen Richardson, along with other supporters who completed different elements of the challenge.
Despite a twisted knee which he described as ‘almost crippling’, Mr Gardiner pushed through to the finishing line.
He admitted that giving up would have felt like he was letting his sister down.
James Shields, from Darlington, also competed in an amateur Thai boxing show in April to contribute towards the fundraising.
Spurred on by the charity’s success Mr Gardiner has pledged to raise a further £15,000 to buy a motorcycle for Northumbria Blood Bikes, a cause close to his sister’s heart.
Madathlon has already started the next phase of fundraising by completing the gruelling Kielder Marathon earlier this week.
Mr Gardiner believes that his sister would be proud of what the charity has achieved.
For information about Madathlon, or to make a donation, visit its Facebook page.
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