AN Ilminster woman battling with brain cancer has raised £1,700 with a charity challenge.

More than 130 people took part in the Walk of Hope last week, which started at the town's Minster church.

The event was organised by mum-of-three Katie Galan-Wilkinson and her friend Natalie Wainwright.

Katie was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2019.

She said: “Since my diagnosis last summer, I have undergone a 10-hour operation to remove the tumour from my brain, 33 sessions of radiotherapy, and a year of chemotherapy.

“These treatments are for the purpose of prolonging my life. There is no cure for this type of cancer, and it is just a question of time before the tumour grows back even more aggressively than before.

"I am so grateful to the people of Ilminster for supporting the Walk of Hope, and donating so generously towards research into this devastating disease.”

Although Katie has already raised £1,700, but her target is £2,740 and she needs your help to reach it.

Friend Natalie added: "The Walk of Hope was a wonderful occasion that showed the best of Ilminster at this difficult time.

“We made last-minute adjustments to the event in light of Covid, and were delighted that it still proved to be a huge success.”

Katie’s fundraising page is still open for donations. To her reach her target of £2,740, go to