A brave mum from South Tyneside starred in a national television charity challenge today.
Jenny Dunn, 51, originally from South Shields, was one of 50 inspirational mums picked to take in ITV Good Morning Britain’s ‘Tough Mums 5k’ challenge, which featured on the breakfast programme this morning.
The mum-of-three survived invasive breast cancer this year, and despite intensive radiotherapy and surgery, she carried on working as a GP practice nurse.
She also clocked up hundreds of hours on duty as a volunteer with first aid charity St John Ambulance.
Jenny, who now lives in Swadlincote, Derby, took part in a 5km obstacle course, taking on 10 assault course obstacles, which ranged from climbing walls and jumping in ice to crossing muddy pools.
She said: “I’m very excited to be chosen by Good Morning Britain to take part in the Tough Mums challenge – it was fantastic to tackle the course and meet other mums who have great stories to tell.”
Jenny was diagnosed with cancer in January, and has been a St John Ambulance volunteer for more than six years.
She is also a qualified trainer, and assists the charity with vaccination campaigns.
The mum has used her skills to save lives in the past, including when she led the resuscitation of a runner who collapsed at the 10-mile stage of the Great North Run with a cardiac arrest four years ago.
However, the cancer diagnosis changed her life.
Jenny added: “It was a life-changing moment when I received my cancer diagnosis, but I was determined to keep going and battle through.
“Both my work as a nurse and volunteering with St John Ambulance are incredibly important to me, so I carried on throughout my treatment. That, coupled with family support, gave me purpose and focus.”
Jenny’s husband, Simon, is an ex-army major and is St John Ambulance’s charity chief for the North East, as well as a trained cycle responder and ambulance crew member.
Her youngest son, Samuel, is aged 15 and is a Cadet with the charity.
Jenny also took part in a 5km Race for Life in Nottingham this July.