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Issue:- Sunday, 17 January 2016

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Trainee teacher publishes kids' book to support Brain Tumour Research after father's diagnosis

TRAINEE teacher Nicole Proffitt is making her publishing debut with a children's picture book which will be sold in aid of the Brain Tumour Research. Nicole, 20, of Wigan, has been inspired to create the volume after her father's diagnosis and treatment with 3 brain tumours.

Profits from the book:- "Slade The Sleepy Sheep", will be split between the national charity Brain Tumour Research and helping to support the family, which is living under reduced circumstances since her father Richard first became ill in 2003.

Nicole, a former pupil at St John Fisher Catholic High School, who is currently studying to become a teacher at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, said:- "Seeing my dad being so poorly has really made me want to do something positive to help him and others like him. Brain tumours 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. I will be donating 50% of the profits of my book to this very worthwhile cause with the other half helping our family finances."

Her dad was formerly a transport supervisor, but like many, brain tumour patients, has been unable to drive since his diagnosis. He now works as a postman.  Mum Amanda, 48, an accountant, also supports son Jack, 16, a pupil at St John Rigby College, Wigan, as well as Nicole and looking after her husband.

Richard was 1st diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering headaches. A scan revealed a tumour the size of a kiwi fruit. Although this was successfully removed, he has suffered 2 further recurrences and undergone a number of surgical procedures. "At the moment my dad is doing OK although he has been left with epilepsy and disturbed vision. I wanted to do something to help, so I set my mind to creating this book which I will be self publishing." said Nicole.

In the book, Slade the sheep is too sleepy to go to school but when his parents eventually convince him he must go, he discovers a whole world of adventures and new friends. Written as a rhyming narrative, it is illustrated by Nicola Hayes, who is currently studying Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University.

Slade the Sleepy Sheep is priced £6.00 and can be purchased online at:-

Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, said:- "We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research Centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research. We admire Nicole's creative approach to help her dad and others like him. Help us fund the fight.  Together we will find a cure."

Brain Tumour Research helps fund an annual £1 million programme of research at its Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth. Further partnerships announced last year with Plymouth University, Queen Mary University of London, and Imperial College pave the way for a £20 million investment in brain tumour research over the next 5 years.

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