MP backs family’s plea for cancer awareness

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, with Phil Smith Emma Robertson-Tierney, who lost their daughter, Laura, to a brain tumour in February
Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, with Phil Smith Emma Robertson-Tierney, who lost their daughter, Laura, to a brain tumour in February
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A FAMILY who lost their daughter to an under-researched form of cancer have won the backing of Brandon’s MP as they try to raise awareness.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, met Phil Smith and Emma Robertson-Tierney at Westminster this week to support their campaign to raise awareness of brain tumours.

Mr Smith, from Stanton, and Ms Robertson-Tierney lost their daughter, Laura, in February this year at the age of 18.

“Their story was extremely moving and I was concerned to learn that brain cancer kills more children and more people under 40 than any other form, yet attracts a very low proportion of research funding,” said Mr Hancock.

“I listened to what they had to say and signed the pledge to call for brain tumour care to be given the priority it deserves.”

Brain tumour research only receives 0.7 per cent of cancer research funding, according to Mr Hancock.

The charity Louby’s Lifeline was set up to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research Support and has raised more than £15,000.