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Friends take part in challenges in memory of their former colleague

Team from Hotter Shoes are planning cycle rides and marathons

Lee James, left, with friend David Ives who passed away

A group of friends are undertaking a series of challenges to raise money for a brain tumour charity following the death of their friend.

The team from Hotter Shoes in Skelmersdale are planning on running half marathons and cycling from Leeds to Liverpool to raise £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research in memory of their friend and colleague David Ives.

David passed away in May last year aged 35 after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour just six weeks before his death.

David was suffering from headaches and feeling generally unwell so went to his doctor where he was handed his devastating diagnoses.

David left behind wife Eleanor and baby son Jonathan. Eleanor has already raised £2,700 for Brain Tumour Research following David’s death and now his friends also want to help raise some cash.

Lee James is one of the team that will be cycling from Leeds to Liverpool on August 23.

Lee said: “David was one of my closest friends, we both worked in the IT department together for almost four years and during the time we became best mates. I was his mentor and we did lots of stuff together.

“When the diagnoses came completely out of the blue we all just couldn't believe it and then for David to pass away so quickly it was very hard to deal with.

“With the first anniversary coming up we decided we had to do something to help raise some money for the charity.

“Eleanor has already done brilliantly, so we joined our page up with hers and are almost at our target, which we’re hoping to go above and beyond now. We want to make a difference to other people’s lives.”

Lee is travelling from Leeds to Liverpool with Daniel James, Stephen Davies, Hayden Fielding and David James in August and is looking forward to the challenge.

Lee said: “We’ve been training really hard over the past few weekends, we’re hoping to travel the 127 miles in the one day, setting off at 5am and arriving into Liverpool in the evening.

“Some of us are fitter than others but I think we’ll rise to the challenge.”

David Ainsworth will be completing a marathon in two halves. He has already completed the Chester half marathon in a time two hours and 15 minutes, and is looking forward to the Warrington half marathon in September.

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