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Run to remember West Malling teenager Jayden Powell who died from a brain tumour

There will be a sponsored run this weekend in memory of Jayden Powell, the teenager who lost his life due to a brain tumour just over two years ago.

Jayden, an Aylesford School pupil from West Malling , had travelled to a specialist clinic in Germany for immunotherapy treatment, which is not available on the NHS, after a public appeal raised £300,000 to support the trip.

An initial operation, when Jayden was only 16, seemed to be successful
An initial operation, when Jayden was only 16, seemed to be successful

At first, he seemed to respond well to the treatment, but sadly died two weeksbefore his 18th birthday.

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out for his funeral

The tragedy came after initial rejoicing when an optician giving Jayden an eye test in 2016, when he was just 16, first diagnosed a brain tumour and Jayden subsequently underwent a long bout of surgery.

The operation seemed to be successful, leading his parents Steve and Hayley to believe his life had been saved.

Tragically, the tumour returned .

Jayden's burial at Maidstone Cemetery
Jayden's burial at Maidstone Cemetery

His friends and family subsequently set up a charity - FamilyForeverJP - to raise funds to help others in a similar situation by providing a respite holiday break at the Romney Sands Holiday Park for those who have lost a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father to cancer.

The sponsored run organised by James Shaw is on Sunday, September 6, and will be a distance of around 3.5 miles, starting at The Malta Inn in Aylesford at 11am and finishing at Jayden's grave in Maidstone Cemetery off the Sutton Road.

Mr Shaw said: "I hope as many people as possible will come down and join me."

Mr Shaw was a friend of Jayden's at secondary school, and he said: "I still miss him."

Money will be raised on the day through donation buckets

James Show is running for Jayden
James Show is running for Jayden

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