Alan & Family To Walk Southern Upland Way In Memory of Anneka

Alan Johnston from Newton Stewart’s late wife Anneka was just 33 when she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumour and sadly she passed away in November 2019  just 6 months after showing the first symptoms, leaving Alan and their 1 year old daughter, Sienna devastated.

Alan and his family and friends are planning on completing the southern upland way in her memory, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, 8 tough days, beginning the 10th June.

Alan made a TikTok video of Anneka’s story that’s been viewed 750,000 times, and thanks to the video so far they have managed to raise over £30,000, £2500 of that in just 24 hours.


Alan told DGWGO “I met Anneka as an 18 year old, she was 17, early in our relationship I walked her to school during my annual leave from the military. I laugh about that now, I remember it feeling a bit weird at the time. We were both very young. We grew up together from there, spending 16.5 great years together, seeing as many places as we could and spending time together. Anneka studied and became a committed Dietitian and worked within DGRI for many years as a selfless, caring, patient orientated clinician. Everyone would comment on how she lit up a room with her smile and personality. We married in 2015 and had our daughter, Sienna, on the 13 Oct 2018. Anneka started to get dizzy spells and unfortunately within a month of first real symptoms she had to use a wheelchair to get around. She was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumour and sadly, devastatingly, passed away at 33 years old, leaving myself and my one year old daughter.”

We welcome any sponsorship to help those with the same horrible diagnosis, and to one day rid the world of this horrible disease. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Something needs to change.

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