FIVE siblings have raised thousands of pounds, to help fund research to find a cure for brain tumours, in memory of their dad who died from the devastating disease.

Greg Sears, who was also a grandfather-of-four, died in June 2022, just eight weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

The estate agent from Andover, who had his own business, lost movement in his right-hand side and was initially thought to have been suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) when a scan revealed he had a high-grade brainstem glioma.

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Andover Advertiser: Greg Sears with his children Abbie, Lexi, Sam, Beth and NaomiSadly, he was told there were no treatment options available to him and he was referred for palliative care. He died at home two months later, aged 58.

Daughter Lexi, 27, a civil servant living in Camden, said: “It was just such a shock to be told not only that Dad had a brain tumour, but that his condition was terminal and he was being referred for palliative care.

“Watching him deteriorate was excruciating.

“His passing has left the biggest hole in our lives. He was the centre of our family and we miss him desperately.”

In May last year, Greg’s five children, Abbie, Beth, Lexi, Naomi and Sam, took on a Tough Mudder in Henley-on-Thames to raise funds for the charity Brain Tumour Research, raising almost £6,300.

On Tuesday, February 27, Lexi and Sam were among a select group of supporters invited to the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), where research is focused on finding a cure for paediatric high-grade gliomas – the deadliest of all childhood cancers.  

Andover Advertiser: Sam Sears, Amanda Pemberton and Lexi Sears at the Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of ExcellenceThe centre is working on identifying new treatments, focusing on children and young adults, and will act as a crucial bridge connecting worldwide research and analysing findings which will help inform and enable the setting up of much needed clinical trials.

Accompanied by their aunt and Greg's sister Amanda Pemberton, Sam and Lexi toured the labs and spoke to scientists about their work to find a cure for the disease, before placing two tiles on the Wall of Hope, honouring the fundraising which has been achieved in Greg’s name.

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Sam, 25, from Andover, said: “I hope the money we’ve raised is life-changing. It won’t bring Dad back but I hope it makes a difference for families in the future.

“It is heartening to hear from the scientists about the work being done in their quest to find a cure, which can’t come soon enough.”

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re really grateful to Greg’s family for their fundraising and hope that the visit to our Centre of Excellence at ICR offered a useful insight into all we’re doing to improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since records began in 2002. This has to change.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is the driving force behind the call for a national annual spend of £35m in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

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