Fundraisers’ ‘amazing accomplishment’ in honour of poorly Jen

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 June 2016

Team Jen taking part in the Mercury Mendip Challenge.

Team Jen taking part in the Mercury Mendip Challenge.

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A 29-year-old skin cancer patient has thanked her family and friends for the ‘overwhelming’ act of raising more than £16,000 for Weston Hospicecare in a matter of days.

Jen with her fiancé Mark Breffit.Jen with her fiancé Mark Breffit.

Jen Brine was admitted to the hospice last month after being diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in 2013, and her fiancé Mark Breffit, friends and family rallied around her to form Team Jen.

Since the team’s inception on May 30, they have raised more than £16,000 by taking on the Mercury Mendip Challenge on Sunday, where they completed the challenge’s 20-mile hiking route.

The team was formed by Jen’s friend, Rachelle Roberts, and consists of Tom McNeil, Vicky Brine, Scott Bird, Tanya Cousins, Colin Roberts, Lesley Holder, Emily Holder, Hannah Robson, Leila Cook, Joanna Brine and Charlotte Marsden.

Jen, whose family is from Yatton, said her family would not be able to cope without the hospice’s support and praised her loved ones for being there for her.

She told the Mercury: “The support for Team Jen and all the other people taking part in the Mercury Mendip Challenge has been overwhelming. I would like to thank everyone for supporting the hospice and also all the staff and volunteers who helped out at the event.

“We would not be able to manage without the support and care we have got from Weston Hospicecare.”

To add to Team Jen’s fundraising, visit their JustGiving page and to read more about Jen’s story, click here to visit her blog.

*Pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday’s) Mercury to read more of Team Jen’s story.

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