A TEENAGER is putting his best foot forward to raise money for the charity which helped support his grandad before his death.

Will Louch, aged 17 from Portland, will be running the Portland 10 on July 7 in memory of his grandad Geoff Astley.

Mr Astley sadly died in April 2010 after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called Gliosarcoma.

Will has decided to raise money for Brain Tumour Support which helped support his grandad and his family up until his death.

Will said: “The charity is brilliant. People don’t always realise that brain tumours don’t just affect the person who is diagnosed, but the family too. It was a big shock and difficult for all of us to deal with.

“Since then Brain Tumour Support has grown as a charity giving much needed support to families and patients around the UK and without this charity, the trauma of losing a loved one to cancer would be even harder.

“I hope my fundraiser will raise important funds for this charity so that the pain of cancer isn’t as hard and cruel as it has to be with the help of Brain Tumour Support.”

Speaking about his grandad, he said: “He was a brilliant grandad to all of his grandchildren. He was a very happy man and was always smiling. Even during his treatment, he would smile.”

Will says he has already started preparation for his big race despite it being less than three months away.

He said: “I have been running between five and seven miles at least three times a week to build up to the longer distance.

“The event will be my first time running this distance. I wanted to take part in it because my grandad loved Portland and the route passes by his memorial stone, which is on the cliffs at West Cliff.”

If you’d like to sponsor Will visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/will-louch-does-10-miles