A DOCTOR who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a child will take part in the Great North Run to help fund research into the disease.

Stuart Irvine, who works at the University Hospital of North Durham, is running to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

Dr Irvine, 26, is motivated by the fact that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer – yet just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

After suffering from vision problems, he was diagnosed with a type of tumour known as a germinoma when he was just 11-years-old.

Dr Irvine had radiotherapy at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, which removed all of his tumour, and now he is determined to help others whose lives are affected by the disease.

He said : “Being diagnosed with a brain tumour was a huge shock for both me and my family.

“I’m feel very fortunate that my tumour was operable and I suffer no lasting effects from the disease, but I know others aren’t so lucky.

“I want to inspire others to fundraise for this vital cause, to ensure that more people survive this dreadful disease.

“I’m feeling excited for the run and have been training hard.”

Dr Irvine, who works in orthopaedics, will be among 42 people taking part and raising money for Brain Tumour Research which funds dedicated UK centres of excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful for Stuart’s support and wish him all the best for the event.”