Focus on raising awareness

CHATTERIS woman Lara Wayman has focused the grief of losing her mother to a brain tumour into raising awareness of the killer disease.

Lara, her sister Natalie Pettit and sister-in-law Caroline Wayman, started their efforts to highlight the devastation caused by brain tumours and the need for more research and greater fundraising last year.

They organised a coffee morning in memory of Pam Price, of Wimblington, who lost her battle with a brain tumour at the age of 67 in March 2010.

The event held at Lara’s home raised £505 for Brain Tumour UK, a charity which provides help and support for patients and their families.

This year’s event proved even more successful netting £565 for the charity but Lara’s involvement with raising awareness of brain tumours hasn’t stopped at fundraising.

She recently joined relatives, sufferers, clinicians and supporters at a packed meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Brain Tumour Group, at Westminster, where health secretary Andrew Lansley was among the speakers.

Lara said: “I was invited to go along by Brain Tumour UK who wanted people to help raise awareness of the distress caused by the disease. I was delighted to go along, I want to get more involved although there is nothing official in the pipeline at the moment.”

However, the family are continuing with their fundraising efforts following the success of last week’s coffee morning where friends brought home-made cakes to go along with the teas and coffees.

Local cake maker Christine Rhone also donated a cup cake for a guess the weight of the cake competition, which was won by Janet Taylor.

In December the male members of the family took part in a Santa run in Hyde Park raising over £1,000 with their efforts.

March is Brain Tumour Awareness month so Lara and company are holding a cake stall on Friday March 30 outside the One Stop shop in Chatteris from 9.30am. Anyone wanting to donate cakes should contact Lara on 0781-8018962.

There will also be a fashion show at Chatteris Working Men’s Club on Tuesday April 3, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2.50 and can be purchased from the same number.

Clothes on sale will include Dorothy Perkins, Next, Top Shop, New Look and other high street names.