Chester Radiographer Takes on Year of Physical Challenges

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Published: 18 Apr 2017      

A radiographer from Chester is preparing to take on a full year of gruelling physical challenges with the aim of raising funds for an anti-cancer charity that focuses on brain tumours.

Claire Brown, who works at Nuffield Health Chester Hospital in The Grosvenor as an MRI senior radiographer, will take on a variety of physical challenges, all of which are designed to push her to the limits of her physical endurance, in memory of a close friend who passed away due to cancer in 2015. Her aim is to gather as much money as possible from family, friends, and well-wishers for The Brain Tumour Charity, which is a non-profit that has supported 20,000 people and raised over £18 million in support of cancer research since its foundation.

So what will Ms. Brown be doing to raise funds? During the course of 2017, she already has a 70-mile bike ride in North Wales scheduled for this month alone and, a mere two months later, she will be taking on a 70.3-mile Ironman event in Staffordshire.

All of this is being done in the memory of Simon Dowle, a friend of Claire’s who lost his life to grade 4 glioblastoma, which is the single most fatal cancer affecting children and adults below the age of 40 in the entire United Kingdom. Extra motivation for her efforts come from her father, who recently endured and survived a bleed on the brain.

Claire recently spoke to The Chester Chronicle about her efforts, stating: “I love a challenge and I’m a very determined person. People are often judged by appearances, especially with this type of endurance event. I am not the stereotypical tall and skinny athlete that would usually take part in a triathlon and for that reason, I am often underestimated.

“I have set myself an immense challenge, but I am spurred on by the fact that I will be raising money for the charity that gave my friend and his family such incredible support and advice before he passed away.

“Simon was such a generous, loving and funny person, and an amazing husband to his wife Lindsey and dad to his two beautiful children, to complete these challenges in his memory is a real honour.”

She also raised the recent issues that her father has confronted, noting they had brought the issue of brain-based diseases and illnesses even closer to home. She said: “I have also experienced first-hand the devastating effects that issues connected to the brain can have. When my dad suffered a bleed on the brain he didn’t recognise my family and I. He forgot simple information and didn’t know where he was or what day it was – it was heartbreaking.

“I know the money I raise will help The Brain Tumour Charity to continue its vital research and support families like Simon’s and mine.”

If you wish to support this brave radiographer in her efforts, you need only head over to Claire’s Just Giving page, which can be found at

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