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Mottingham woman who lost her husband to a brain tumour asks the community to join her in Wear a Hat Day event

PUBLISHED: 12:53 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 20 March 2018

Glenn McMahon was 53 when he died of a brain tumour. Picture: Brain Tumour Research

Glenn McMahon was 53 when he died of a brain tumour. Picture: Brain Tumour Research

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A Mottingham woman who lost her 53-year-old husband to a brain tumour is inviting local people to help raise funds towards finding a cure for the illness.

Wendy McMahon with her children Hannah and Sam Doubleday. Picture: Brain Tumour ResearchWendy McMahon with her children Hannah and Sam Doubleday. Picture: Brain Tumour Research

Glenn McMahon died in June 2015 after being diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour following co-ordination problems on the golf course.

Having been married since February 2014, he and his wife Wendy decided to make the most of their short time left together through travelling, socialising and their mutual love of fine food.

Shocked that there was so little treatment available to Glenn and that his survival prognosis was just 12 to 18 months, the couple also started raising desperately needed funds for game-changing national charity, Brain Tumour Research.

Since losing Glenn, Wendy has set up the Glenn McMahon Foundation under the charity’s umbrella.

To date, the Foundation has raised an incredible £44,000.

Wendy said: “I am totally staggered and humbled by the generosity of friends and family over the past two and a half years since I lost Glenn.”

On Saturday, March 24, Wendy is holding a Mad Hatters Tea Party at St Luke’s Church, Bromley Common.

She is inviting people to come along, wearing a silly hat, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, and for £5 payable on the door (free entry for children), they will be able to enjoy a cream tea.

Wendy added: “There will be fun activities for the children including a magician and competitions, as well as the opportunity to eat lots of cake!

“Every year more than 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour in the UK, and it is so distressing for the families involved.

“More research is vital if we are to understand what causes different types of brain tumour, and importantly find a cure for this devastating disease.

“The sorrow of losing Glenn is never far away.

“It is unbelievably cruel that he should be snatched away so soon after we found each other and were looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

“I have had great support from my two grown-up children, Hannah and Sam Doubleday.

“We are committed to support Brain Tumour Research and hope that people will join us in taking part in Wear A Hat Day this year by holding their own events or making a donation.”

On Wear A Hat Day, March 29, Wendy will be at the Eltham branch of SpecSavers – the organisation is supporting the day as an official sponsor for the first time.

Wendy will have a publicity stand, selling charity hat pin badges, pens and wristbands.

She will also be wearing a hat, along with the SpecSavers staff, and encouraging people to donate to this worthy cause.

Opticians can often spot the signs that someone may have a swelling within the brain which could point to them having a brain tumour when they come for their regular eye checks.

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

Among celebrity supporters of this year’s campaign is the businesswoman, model, actress and mum Caprice Bourret who underwent surgery to remove a low-grade brain tumour which was diagnosed nearly a year ago.

She continues to be monitored by her medical team.

Caprice said: “It’s incredible to hear about the work Wendy is doing fundraising for Brain Tumour Research in her husband’s memory.

“It’s terrible that brain tumours affect so many people. This devastating disease is indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age.

“I’m proud to be working with this lovely family and so many others to support Wear A Hat Day. I want everyone to get involved! It’s such a fun event and anyone can take part.”

To get involved, or donate, please visit: www.wearahatday.org or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5.

For more information or to support the Glenn McMahon Foundation, email w_mcmahon@hotmail.com or to donate go to www.justgiving.com/Wendy-McMahon6

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