Woodbridge resident Mat Bayfield, was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain stem brain tumour on December 2012. This devastating diagnosis changed his life.
“Although a very traumatic time for me and my family, somehow I have found an inner strength to face life with a renewed sense of positivity, and my motto is ‘Life Is No Rehearsal’,” says Mat.
Then, at Christmas 2015, Mat met his girlfriend Kelly, who had lost her sister to a brain tumour. The two got together as Mat says “with an immediate connection”.
“We’ve been a huge support to each other ever since. Because of this, we wanted to raise money for a charity so close to both our hearts, hence ‘Mat’s Walk and Talk Challenge’.”
So far each day of the challenge has taken Mat, his family and supporters across the county spreading awareness of this terrible disease and offering support to some of those similarly affected.
Across social media, the challenge has garnered nationwide support and interest and with a week to go, has already raised over £8,000.
“As well as raising money for the charity, the idea behind these walks is to join with likeminded people who can make friends, share stories, get fitter, and inspire people to make the best of this life regardless of the hardships we all face. Each walk will end with a nice cuppa and a bit more chat!”
Geraldine Pipping, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations and gifts in Wills.
“It’s only through the efforts of people such as Mat and his family and all those who have walked in support of him, that we can work towards our twin goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours.
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years. This must change.”
Follow Mat’s progress and donate: https://www.facebook.com/Mats-walk-and-talk-challenge–1645663045733823/
Find out more about brain tumours, their symptoms, the research we fund, and how we can help: www.thebraintumourcharity.org