Family of Hitchin brain tumour victim call for funding into disease research

Jon Redding with wife Amelia and daughter Esmé in Cannes 2012. It was their last holiday together

Jon Redding with wife Amelia and daughter Esmé in Cannes 2012. It was their last holiday together - Credit: Archant

THE family of a man who died from a brain tumour have launched a petition asking for more funding into research of the disease.

Jon Redding, from Hitchin, died at the age of 36 after being diagnosed with an incurable tumour.

And, as previously reported by the Comet, the family of the father-of-one are calling for the Government to fund more into research.

They now have a petition under way and are asking people to sign it.

Jon’s mum Joanne Tyrrell said: “There’s a long way to go but we hope to add a few more to the list.

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“[It was] too late for my boy, but we hope there will be change for the next generation.”

Joanne, along with husband John, has written to MPs and Parliament asking why brain tumours receive less than one per cent of cancer research funding each year.

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But the couple, who live in Letchworth GC, have struggled over the last year to get a satisfactory response on why so little is put into research, when compared to the number of people diagnosed.

Mr Tyrrell said: “We were not getting a brief straightforward answer to our persistent question.

“It seemed to us that our persistent question could not be answered because of the way in which the funding was being allocated – unless of course that system was at fault.”

Jon, who died in October, was married to Amelia and had a three-year-old daughter, Esmé.

The petition, set up in his memory, had amassed more than 200 signatures at the time of going to press.

To add your name, click on the link in the top right-hand corner.

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