Winscombe family organise fun day for brain tumour charity

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 August 2016

Lisa Davis (centre) and her family.

Lisa Davis (centre) and her family.

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A 'devastated' North Somerset family has rallied around a grandmother with a terminal brain tumour by arranging a fun day to raise money for charity.

Lisa Davis and her loved ones have organised a family fun day, which is set to take place on Sunday from 1-5pm at Winscombe Cricket Club.

Ms Davis, aged 49 and of Sandford Road in Winscombe, was diagnosed with the tumour in May after being rushed to hospital when she lost feeling in her left thigh while at work.

After tests, treatment and an operations, doctors have told Ms Davis she has a short prognosis, and she is no longer able to work or drive.

She said: “I want loads of people to turn out and raise money and awareness.

“Nobody talks about this type of cancer yet more people die from it and it hits you in the prime of your life.”

With tongue in cheek, Ms Davis added: “I don’t know what my daughters will do without the bank of mum.”

Ms Davis has had to cancel a ‘dream’ trip to Hong Kong and New Zealand due to her illness, which was due to mark her 50th birthday.

The fun day will be jam-packed with activities, including a climbing wall, bouncy castle, football and archery.

Raffle prizes will be up for grabs too, including signed Little Mix merchandise, a hot-air balloon ride and Bristol City football kit.

Ms Davis’ daughters, Zoe and Abbey Barker, have helped to organise the fun day, which they hope will raise more than £2,500 for Brain Tumour Research.

Zoe, aged 28, says her family is waiting on a ‘miracle’, but want to ‘make a positive impact’.

She said: “Personally witnessing the devastation that this disease can cause, it is vital that more money is spent on research into what causes brain tumours, how they can be treated and, ultimately, finding a cure.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“We want families to come along to the fun day and enjoy themselves, but also know that they are helping us fund a day of dedicated and sustainable research.”

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