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Norwich father's tribute to daughter is taken to Westminster

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 March 2011

Andrew McGill

Andrew McGill

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A father who set up a charity in memory of his daughter has taken his campaign to Westminster.

Andrew McGill, 51, who lives in Keswick, just outside Norwich, set up Brain Tumour Buddies after he lost his 22-year-old daughter Rose to a brain tumour in 2006.

As part of the charity’s work, an exhibition called “Behind the Mask” has been created featuring radiotherapy masks decorated by brain tumour patients, carers, relatives and celebrities.

The exhibition is travelling around the country throughout 2011, stopping in cities including Norwich, Leeds and Glasgow, and this month headed to the Houses of Parliament as part of National Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Aviva worker Mr McGill, who set up the charity with his friend Natalya Jagger in 2009, said: “The exhibition aims to raise awareness of brain tumours through the personal stories of the real people behind the masks.”

Mr McGill’s daughter Rose had just completed her degree in June 2006 when she was rushed in for surgery on a mass in her brain.

Following the operation, doctors said she had the most aggressive type of brain tumour and despite surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she died just five months after diagnosis in November 2006.

Mr McGill and Ms Jagger decided to set up Brain Tumour Buddies after they found that there was little information available about high grade brain tumours during Rose’s illness.

Since the charity was founded two years ago, it has gone from strength to strength with more than 3,500 people visiting the website every month.

MP Charles Hendry, who hosted a reception at the Houses of Parliament, said: “This was a very inspiring exhibition which really brought home the reality of the brain tumour treatment in a very powerful way.”

For more information about Brain Tumour Buddies, and the exhibition, go to www.btbuddies.org.uk

Are you hosting an event to raise awareness of a devastating disease? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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