FAMILY, friends and supporters of a 'brain tumour blogger' who dedicated her precious time to raise thousands to save others will walk together to mark one year since her death.

Anna Swabey died aged just 25 on the eve of her wedding but in her last 18 months alive, following a terminal diagnosis, she managed to raise almost £100,000 for research into the disease.

On Saturday, September 16, her loved ones will gather with members of the public for a five-mile walk in her memory.

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Victoria Cartwright, Miss Swabey's sister, said: "We invite you all to help us make, what will always be, an incredibly difficult day for Anna's family and friends, into a day full of love and laughter so that we all remember our beautiful and brave girl just the way she would've wanted.

"Fundraising, though still as vital as always, is optional on this day and is secondary to our goal, which is simply to walk on and remember Anna."

Anyone is welcome to join the circular walk in Newton Aycliffe, held on the first anniversary of Miss Swabey's death.

Walkers are asked to wear bright colours and will be welcome at the pub after to raise a glass in the campaigner's honour.

"Anna touched the lives of so many people, so even if your connection with her was purely through her blog, we invite you to join us," added Mrs Cartwright. "Anna always embraced fun and individuality so, while we ask, for your own comfort and safety, that you remember sensible shoes, you can pretty much wear whatever you see fit to mark the day."

In the wake of Miss Swabey's death, which took place the day before she was due to wed the love of her life, Andy Bell, her family vowed to carry on what she had started out.

During her one-and-a-half year battle the university graduate raised promoted awareness and raised £80,000 for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign – a fund which hit her target of £100,000 on the day of her funeral.

She set up a blog called Inside My Head, which on Facebook now has more than 10,000 followers, and spoke in the House of Commons as part of a call for more government funding into brain tumours.

Funds raised from the memory walk will go towards Miss Swabey's JustGiving fund which stands at over £117,000.

Mrs Cartwright said: "Bring your children, bring your dog, bring banners, balloons or just yourself. We simply walk on for Anna."

Anyone who would like to walk is asked to contact the Inside My Head Facebook page or email

Walkers should meet in the Cobblers Hall pub car park from 1.30pm before setting off at 2pm.

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