About the In Sue’s Name charity
WHO WE ARE
In Sue’s Name was founded in 2014 by David Taylor in memory of his beloved daughter Sue Blasotta, who died in 2011 of brain tumours.
Sue was devoted to her husband Joe and their children Sasha and Daniel. She adored her career, first in recruitment with Reed Employment and then caring for children and parent contact at St Ignatius College. But she was also passionate about raising funds for cancer research, having lost several family members to the disease including her grandma and grandad. She took part in five 5k Race For Life runs at Trent Park in North London, as well as completing a sky dive — despite being terrified of heights.
Sue was diagnosed with three lesions on the brain in November 2010 and died just six weeks later, facing death with tremendous courage while leaving two young children without a mother. Over 800 people attended her funeral.
Brain tumours are especially tragic as they tend to strike young people and, although brain cancer is a bigger killer of people under 40 than any other form of cancer and that incidence is rising by 2 per cent a year, brain tumour research accounts for less than 1% of government funding.
The scale of the disease was brought home to all of us when two other families from the same parish suffered a similar loss at around the time that Sue died.
It seemed important than that In Sue’s Name should be set up to honour Sue’s memory and legacy by campaigning to change that, and with brain cancers continuing to increase year on year, it seems even more urgent now.
In Sue’s Name has attracted a wonderful group of patrons who have been happy to support us and associate themselves with our efforts:
• Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool;
• Former Lord Chamberlain Lord Camoys;
• Entertainer Don Maclean KSS MBE;
• Peter Coates, Chairman of Bet365 and Stoke City FC;
• Actor and comedian Steve Coogan; and
• Sir Tom Farmer CVO, CBE, KCSG, FRSE, DL, former chairman founder of Kwik-Fit.
The charity also has a Board of Trustees and a smaller Executive Committee to manage the day-to-day running. The heart of In Sue’s Name, though, is our dedicated team of fundraisers and administrators – many friends and family of Sue and others like her, all victims of this terrible disease we’re determined to fight.
In Sue’s Name – the birth of a charity
At the time of Sue’s stay at the Royal Free Hospital and her subsequent death, there were two other young people from our church – St Monica’s in Palmers Green – at the same hospital, also suffering from brain tumours: Anthony Bourke and Jackie McGovern, who also died from this terrible disease.
This was the trigger that eventually prompted me to speak to three friends from our church: Don O‘Rourke, Sean Cuttle and Des Cole, and ask them if they could help me organise a Charity Golf Day to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
They were all experienced in organising golf tournaments and with Eleanor Cuttle, Denise Cole and Kathie, we had a very successful first event in 2014. They also helped organise the next two golf days. Kathie has been a great help designing our brochures for all of our events.
The In Sue’s Name charity was founded by David Taylor, and he continues to support the organisation he created, each and every day.
“As the charity founder, I started this charity back in 2014 in loving memory of my daughter so that her family and friends might carry on the important work that Sue always did to raise money for cancer related charities.
“Our daughter Sue was passionate about the need for raising funds for Cancer Research, as a result of our family suffering the loss of a number of friends and family, including Sue’s beloved grandparents to this disease that affects so many in our community.
“She participated in several fundraising events including five 5k Race for Life runs at Trent Park in Enfield, North London, and encouraged all her friends and family to join her. She also took part in a Skydive, even though she was scared of heights, all in aid of Cancer Research UK.
“This is why we, her family and friends, have set up this brain tumour charity in her memory to honour her legacy of hope for other sufferers of brain cancer and their families, to offer hope for the future.
“There is so much you can do to help the charity. If you would like more details on n Sue’s Name then contact me or anyone else in our wonderful team, by following this link >>>
Vital research is now being carried out into treatment for brain tumours at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence in the Blizard Institute, part of Queen Mary University of London in Whitechapel.
This gives hope to us all, but research for brain tumours remains desperately underfunded.
In Sue’s Name aims to raise £1 million by 2027 towards this vital research.
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