Enfield father campaigns for brain tumour research funding at Houses of Parliament

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

A FATHER from Winchmore Hill who lost his daughter to an aggressive brain tumour joined an awareness event at the Houses of Parliament last week calling on the government to provide more funding for research into the disease.

David Taylor has raised thousands of pounds for charity Brain Tumour Research after his daughter Sue Blasotta, 42, died from glioblastoma multiforme six years ago.

The special event was hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow who is a long-standing patron of the charity.

Mr Bercow opened the state rooms of the speakers’ house especially for the event and welcomed brain tumour patients, families, scientists, clinicians and supporters who campaigned for more funding last Wednesday (15).

Among guests at the event was Debbie McGee, wife of celebrity magician Paul Daniels, who died from a brain tumour last year.

Mr Taylor who lives in Wynchgate set up the charity In Sue’s Name in memory of his daughter to raise money after finding out only one per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease.

His daughter Sue lived in Palmers Green and left behind two teenage children.

Mr Taylor who lives in Wynchgate said: “My faith in God has been a huge source of comfort and strength since losing Sue and has given me the inspiration to set up In Sue’s Name to continue her legacy.

“More research is needed so fewer lives will be devastated by brain tumours. I want to see a day when cancer is no longer life-threatening, when the notion that cancer could be a killer is thought absurd,” he added.

Mr Taylor’s charity In Sue’s Name recently launched a £1 million campaign to fund a year’s worth of research. A total of £21,000 was also raised recently at a Greek dinner themed night.

“We must act to improve outcomes for patients and increase funding into brain tumour research,” he said.

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