£50,000 raised in Michael’s name

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - ANDY RUSH [email protected]­plc.com

A BE­REAVED mum and dad were amongst fam­ily mem­bers and friends who have raised £50,000 to help fund re­search into brain tu­mours, fol­low­ing the death of their son.

Michael Smith, from Bur­ton-on­the-Wolds, was just 27-years-old when his life was trag­i­cally cut short by an ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour in 2015.

Since los­ing their son, Eileen and Terry Smith have been fund-rais­ing for the Brain Tu­mour Re­search char­ity.

The cul­mi­na­tion of two re­cent fund-rais­ing events in Novem­ber have helped the fam­ily ex­ceed their am­bi­tious £50,000 tar­get.

This in­cluded a fancy dress and an awards cer­e­mony hosted by ProCon – a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Leices­ter, run by more than 600 mem­bers, who hold reg­u­lar events through­out the year to con­nect pro­fes­sion­als in prop­erty and con­struc­tion.

On Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, to cel­e­brate Michael’s life, a fancy dress evening was held at Charn­wood Golf and Leisure Com­plex in Hath­ern, Lough­bor­ough. Guests were in­vited to wear fancy dress be­gin­ning with M or S (Michael’s ini­tials).

The 16th an­nual ProCon awards cer­e­mony, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, in­volved a de­li­cious din­ner, a prize-win­ning raf­fle and a cel­e­bra­tion of this year’s big­gest achieve­ments in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Held at the King Power Sta­dium, more than £7,000 was raised in mem­ory of Michael, who at­tended many of the cer­e­monies while he worked as a char­tered sur­veyor with Lam­bert Smith Hamp­ton.

Eileen, from Lough­bor­ough, said: “Terry and I are so grate­ful to ProCon for help­ing us to fundraise in Michael’s name.

“We’ve been moved to hear that his col­leagues have missed him join­ing them at the cer­e­mony over the past three years.

“The event was a fan­tas­tic way to hit our £50,000 tar­get, ap­proach­ing the third year an­niver­sary of los­ing Michael, and we are proud of all that has been achieved so far.

“We hope to con­tinue to fundraise for many years to come.

“I’m also hon­oured to be cam­paign­ing for Brain Tu­mour Re­search and re­cently en­joyed at­tend­ing the char­ity’s first brain tu­mour cam­paigner’s work­shop re­cently.

“I want to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease and the shock­ing statis­tics. Brain tu­mours kill more chil­dren and adults un­der the age of 40 than any other can­cer, yet his­tor­i­cally just one per cent of the na­tional spend of can­cer re­search has been al­lo­cated to this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease.”

Brain Tu­mour Re­search funds sus­tain­able re­search at Re­search Cen­tres of Ex­cel­lence in the UK.

■ Michael Smith

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