A MUM is stepping up for charity after being inspired by her husband’s brain tumour battle.

Sarah Fiske, from South Woodham Ferrers, is taking part in Brain Tumour Research’s 10,000 Steps a Day challenge in February.

Hubby Michael, a 61-year-old warehouse operative, was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumour on Christmas Eve in 2011.

He was monitored for years and underwent an operation in September 2016 after scans showed the tumour had changed shape.

Michael suffered temporary paralysis down his left-hand side and was left with no peripheral vision in one eye, meaning he would never drive again.

He went on to have radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The remainder of Michael's tumour is now being monitored with annual scans.

Mum-of-two Sarah, 56, said: “We wouldn’t want anybody to go through what he’s been through.

"He’s a shell of his former self and does still struggle, but we call him one of the lucky ones.

"We had a friend who lived close by who had the same tumour and sadly passed away, so we do feel very lucky that Michael’s still here and that he’s been able to go back to work.”

She has made a vow to concentrate more on herself this year and taking part in February’s challenge is part of that.

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Michael and Sarah with their dogs

Support worker Sarah said: “I’ve concentrated on Michael totally over the last 10 years and have decided it’s time I did something for myself.

"I do a lot of walking in my job anyway but will top up my steps by taking my dogs out.

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Sarah with toy poodle Petra and miniature schnauzer Pippin

"I’m personally involved in the cause so thought what better way than this to help out?”

The 10,000 Steps a Day challenge raised almost £1million last year.

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Sarah with her Petra and Pippin

Spokesman Charlie Allsebrook said: “We’re really grateful for Sarah for taking on this challenge for us as it’s only with the support of people like her that we’re able to progress our research into brain tumours and improve the outcome for patients like Michael who are forced to fight this awful disease.

"He is indeed one of the lucky ones as less than 12 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers. This has to change.”

To support Sarah’s fundraiser, visit tinyurl.com/65yskfek.