Christmas hat fundraiser for twin lost to brain tumour

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A boy who lost his twin to a deadly brain tumour is fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, despite also battling cancer himself.

Fifteen-year-old Jack Parton took part in Wear A Christmas Hat Day to remember his identical twin brother, Ben, who died of brain cancer.

Jack, who is currently receiving treatment for blood cancer, hosted an open house event, as well as inspiring his fellow pupils and teachers at Kingsmead School in Cannock to don their own festive headwear to support the fundraiser.

Despite two surgeries, 30 sessions of radiotherapy and two cycles of chemotherapy, Ben died in December 2019 – eight months after he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) and 10 days before Christmas.

Since Ben’s death, his family has raised almost £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research, with Jack selling festive accessories and homeware, all whilst undergoing his own chemotherapy.

Proud mum Julie said: “This time of year is always hard as Ben died before Christmas, but we decided to use his love of parties to celebrate his life each December. Jack is doing well and nearing the end of his treatment. I feel privileged to be his mum.”

There’s still time to join Jack and take part in Wear A Christmas Hat Day on Friday 16th December, or any day in December that suits you. Please get involved and raise funds to help us get closer to our vision of finding a cure for all types of brain tumours. Find out more:

Text HAT to 70450 to donate £5 to Brain Tumour Research. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

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