A teenager from Portland raised money for the charity which helped to support his grandad before his death.

Will Louch, 17, completed the Portland 10 running event in memory of his grandad Geoff Astley, who sadly died from a brain tumour in 2010.

Mr Astley and his family were supported by the charity Brain Tumour Support after he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called Gliosarcoma.

Will’s fundraising will help to fund five home visits for charity workers helping families affected by brain tumours.

Will said: “It was a great feeling when I finished and I knew I had done the charity proud.

“I had support from my parents, uncle and aunty. I think my grandad would have been proud as well.

“I initially expected to raise around £250, but we have gone over doubled that.

“So far I have raised around £575 and there are more donations which still need to come in.”

He added: “It was the first long distance race I’ve done. I definitely want to do more in the future for the charity.

“They are really pleased. For them every penny raised is a huge help. When I informed them how I did, they were over the moon.”

During the race Will passed a memorial stone for his grandad in Weston.

Tina Mitchell Skinner, founder of Brain Tumour Support, said: “What a wonderful tribute to his grandad.

“We rely entirely on donations like Will’s to run our support services, which are a lifeline to thousands of brain tumour patients across the UK.

“A total of £500 will fund five home visits from our Brain Tumour Support Workers. These visits are essential for us to be able to assess the needs of a patient and their family and ensure they get the right support. So, on behalf of all the patients we support, we would like to say a big thank you to Will and his supporters.”

Every year more than 16,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Whilst a significant number of brain tumours can now be treated and successfully controlled, even non-malignant and low-grade tumours can have life-changing effects and many people are unable to live the lives they had before.

Brain Tumour Support runs 23 support groups across the country and also provides tailored one-to-one support when needed. In Dorset, the charity has a dedicated Brain Tumour Support Worker and a Support Group in Bournemouth that meets on a monthly basis (https://www.braintumoursupport.co.uk/dorset).