The MP Baroness Tessa Jowell died on Saturday 12th May from brain cancer, aged 70.
Her death has led to Theresa May confirming that the government will double their investment for brain cancer research to £40m. The PM said she hoped this would ‘create a lasting legacy.’ Cancer Research UK will also contribute £25m to the Dame Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission.
Currently 11,400 people in the Uk are diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Only 14% of these people survive for ten years or more.
According to BBC News there will also be an annual global conference, hosted in the UK, The Tessa Jowell global symposium bringing together scientists, clinicians and academics to discuss the research into and treatment of, brain cancer.
The annual event was organised by AnnaKennedyOnline ‘forging a path to autism awareness’. Anna Kennedy OBE founded the charity after her own experiences with her two sons who have autism. After they were diagnosed she struggled to get the right help and education. In 1999 Anna decided to start up her own school, Hillingdon Manor, now a forerunner in specialist education provision.
According to Charity Today (www.charitytoday.co.uk) one of the many emotional parents in the audience said of the show: ‘To have a platform like this when the world is telling you your kid can’t do this and can’t do that is just incredible. People with autism are amazing and assets in our society.’
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Merryn’s family hope the results of the inquest will change attitudes to ME. It is only the second time such a conclusion has been made in the UK, according to the ME Association.
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