Tom Daley to present brain tumour charity appeal

Katharine Swindells July 20, 2017
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Tom Daley will present a television appeal to support The Brain Tumour Charity.

BBC One is set to broadcast the film at 5pm on Sunday, to show the important work which the organisation does.

The charity supports people living with a brain tumour and their families, and funds research into finding a cure.

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Daley with husband Dustin Lance Black

Tom has experienced the charity’s support first hand, when his father Robert tragically died at just 40 years old in 2011.

This was just a year before Tom’s biggest fan was set to watch him compete in the London Olympics.

Since then, the diver has been an active supporter and campaigner on behalf of the charity that helped his family.

“The Brain Tumour Charity is doing so much to change the future for people like my dad – funding research to find a cure as well as raising awareness of the disease and its impact,” Tom said.

The Olympian married his partner, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, in a fairytale wedding in Devon earlier this summer.

There were reportedly many tributes to his dad in the speeches on the day, including from Tom’s mother Debbie.

The film will also feature people who have benefitted directly from The Brain Tumour Charity.

One story is that of Angela Conway, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, when she was 21.

Angela has since become a strong advocate for the charity, particularly for the HeadSmart campaign.

The campaign aims to increase awareness so that brain tumours can be spotted and diagnosed earlier.

“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations and gifts in wills,” Sarah Lindsell, The Brain Tumour Charity’s chief executive, said.

She continued: “It’s only through the efforts of our incredible community of supporters nationwide that we can work towards our twin goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years. This must change.”

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