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Former journalist loses brain tumour battle aged 60

A former regional press journalist has lost her battle against a brain tumour at the age of 60.

Elaine Turton was previously a news editor at the Harlow Gazette and Loughton Gazette and was a reporter for the Hertfordshire Mercury and the Walthamstow Guardian.

She no longer worked as a journalist but volunteered at the Cancer Research and British Heart Foundation stores in Bishop’s Stortford for 10 years until she was diagnosed with a brain tumour 15 months ago.

Elaine, whose father was Daily Mirror journalist Edward Vale, was cared for at home by her family until her death.

Her son Alex, who is a sports journalism graduate, completed a cycle ride from London to Paris just days beforehand to raise funds for charity Brainstrust, which funds research and supports brain tumour sufferers and their families.

He told the Hertfordshire Mercury he was dedicating the 300-mile challenge to his mother.

Said Alex: “I dedicate the challenge to my late mother who passed away after a 15-month battle with a brain tumour.

“I will be forever grateful that she lived long enough to know I completed this challenge.”

Elaine leaves husband Nick and children Laurence, Rachel, Alex and Madeleine. Her funeral will take place at 1.45pm on 10 October at St Andrew’s Church in Much Hadham.

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