AN EDINBURGH family have pledged to raise awareness of brain tumours and funds for research after their lives were turned upside down by the disease.
Jamie Connelly, from Edinburgh, was just 36 when he diagnosed with a brain tumour known as an oligodendroglioma.
In January 2017, Jamie underwent surgery followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy and has recovered well.
Jamie’s brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Claire Connelly are holding a bake sale at Leith Walk Police Box, tomorrow (11th August) between 11AM–3PM with all proceeds going to The Brain Tumour Charity.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life.
Nick, also from Edinburgh, said: “Jamie is my only brother and my best friend, he has always looked out for me and I for him.
“He has two young daughters – the second of whom was born while he was undergoing treatment.
“He has dealt amazingly with all of this and despite everything has stayed positive throughout- he even returned to full-time work (as The Head of Guidance at Bathgate Academy) following his chemotherapy.
“My brother’s immense resilience is an inspiration to me and there is no better man to face this challenge.
“After Jamie was diagnosed with a brain tumour I did some reading and was horrified by the shocking figures that showed the limited funding and the lack of research into the biggest cancer killer in children and adults under the age of 40.
“This has inspired me and my wife Claire to hold a bake sale to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.”
Nick and Claire will be holding their bake sale at Leith Walk Police Box tomorrow (11th August) between 11 AM and 3 PM.
Nick said: “Claire came up with the great idea of holding a bake sale at Leith Walk Police Box.
“The two of us have been working hard and we have an army of friends and family who have rallied round to bake and help – it’s truly been a group effort.
“We are so proud of our friends and families and it means a lot to us to have them be a part of this.
“I’ve been particularly moved by the total strangers who have offered to bake something.
“We are sure it will be a great day – there will be music and baked goods and we’d love to see you there – please come down and indulge so that we can raise as much money as possible.”
Geraldine Pipping, Director of Fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are delighted that Jamie is doing so well following his diagnosis and treatment.
“We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary donations and gifts it in wills, so it’s only thanks to supporters and fundraisers like Nick and Claire that we can make progress towards our twin goals of doubling brain tumour survival and halving the harm caused by the disease.
“We wish them lots of luck with the bake sale this weekend and thank them for their support.”
To make donations to Nick’s fundraising bid go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicki-connelly
To find out more about brain tumours, their symptoms, and about the organisation and how they can help, visit: www.thebraintumourcharity.org