A local woman living with a brain tumour has completed an indoor skydive in pursuit of a cure

    Ali Herbert, from Towcester, takes part in skydive raising money to help fund vital research into the disease.

    Ali Herbert, from Towcester, Northamptonshire, participated in the event at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Milton Keynes on Friday 29th June 2018. She was joined by members of the Brain Tumour Research charity, which is also based in Milton Keynes. Ali raised over £600, with iFLY Indoor Skydiving donating a further £200.

    Ali, a 36-year-old Early Years practitioner at Towcester Tots Day nursery in Towcester, said: “I was privileged to take part in the indoor skydive. This crazy and very last-minute moment of spontaneity was the closest I could get to a real skydive, as the doctors usually say no to me taking part in such fundraising events, and I am happy to have raised money for such a worthy cause.”

    After suffering a seizure, Ali was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2005. She has endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy, awake brain surgery and also suffers from epilepsy, now controlled with medication, as a result of the tumour.

    Ali added: “I’m fully aware that there are others with tumours far worse than mine and many of them will be children. I’m in a battle with my disease and choose to use positive mental attitude, good humour and determination to keep on smiling.”

    Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

    Michael Thelwall, Head of Community Fundraising for the Brain Tumour Research charity, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Ali for her support and congratulate her on completing the indoor skydive.”

    To make a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity via Ali’s JustGiving page

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