A great-grandmother who has lived more than ten years with a brain tumour has inspired her grandsons to climb the UK’s highest mountain to help fund vital research.

Linda Cornford, a grandmother-of-ten from Eastbourne, was diagnosed with a meningioma in October 2009 after repeatedly visiting her GP.

She was concerned because her hands would shake and she was having mobility problems which led to her shuffling as she walked.

The 76-year-old, who also has three great-grandchildren, has had several surgeries but the location of her tumour means it cannot be fully removed. She is currently being monitored with six-monthly scans.

The Argus: Linda CornfordLinda Cornford (Image: Submitted)

Now her grandsons Frazer Burgess and Louie Hill have been inspired to climb Ben Nevis in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research.

The pair, who are cousins, will be taking on the challenge with their friend George Collett during Brain Tumour Awareness Month (BTAM) on March 23.

Frazer, 24, who works in IT as a disaster recovery analyst, said: “We’re very excited about it. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have done it previously, because it is a big ask, and the key is preparation so as well as buying boots and making sure we have enough layers and waterproofs, we’ve been doing lots of walks on the South Downs to get ready.

“We’re going to be camping at the bottom of the mountain. We’ll go up the day before, camp, do the hike, camp and come back the following day. That seemed the only sensible thing to do because it’s a 12-hour drive from where we live.

The Argus: Louie HillLouie Hill (Image: Submitted)

“Nan’s the head of our family and we’re really close. As well as being very strong and independent, she’s incredibly caring. She looks after everyone but now it’s our turn to do something for her.”

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The trio, who are all from Eastbourne, are aiming to raise at least £2,740, which is enough to sponsor a day of research at any of the four Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence.

The Argus: George Collett and Frazer BurgessGeorge Collett and Frazer Burgess (Image: Submitted)

Frazer, who is to become a first-time dad in July, said: “As well as wanting to raise awareness of the charity and encouraging people to get checked out if they recognise they have symptoms, I’m keen to help fund research because I think it’s shocking that just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours since records began in 2002.”

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “With one in three people knowing someone affected by a brain tumour, Linda’s story is, sadly, not unique. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and to find a cure. The charity is the driving force behind the call for a national annual spend of £35 million to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.