£50,000 raised in Michael’s name
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