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Reporter runs half-marathon after aunt’s death aged 54

MAtthew ChandlerA reporter has run a half-marathon for charity in memory of his aunt who died earlier this year.

Rhyl Journal journalist Matthew Chandler took part in the Aintree half-marathon to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Matthew, pictured, undertook the challenge for his aunt Fiona, who died in June aged 54 following a brain tumour diagnosis in 2020.

The 24-year-old told the Journal his aunt was “very interested in other people’s lives and she was very creative too”.

He said: “My aunt kept going – even until two weeks before she died.

“She was very resilient, and never complained about her diagnosis.

“She was upbeat and very caring.”

Matthew completed the race in one hour 43 minutes and also surpassed his fundraising target of £1,000.

He added: “Raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity isn’t going to help my aunt, because she’s gone now, but if it can help others then that’s the main thing.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Matthew’s cause can do so here.