One of our fantastic Young Ambassadors April Watkins recently met with Caroline Lucas, the country's first Green Party MP in Brighton, where she was able to share details of our HeadSmart campaign and her personal experiences as a young adult going through treatment for a brain tumour.
April also updated Caroline on the work of The Brain Tumour Charity and her own experience, something that had not been raised with her by a constituent previously.
“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting my MP Caroline Lucas," said April. “Telling her my experience of having a brain tumour, I felt I could give her a real insight to why she should back The Brain Tumour Charity's cause."
Following on from April's meeting, Caroline went on to find out more about the Off-patent Drugs Bill and the Cancer Taskforce Strategy.
“Over the next five years, more than 46,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with a brain tumour," said Caroline. “It's increasingly clear that more funding into research is required. I fully support the work being done by The Brian Tumour Charity."
“I'm concerned that people with a brain tumour could be prevented from accessing low cost and readily available drugs that have been proven to treat their tumour because the drugs are no longer covered by a manufacturer's patent. The Government should be able to step in to ensure that people have access to the life-saving drugs they need - that's why I back the Off-patent Drugs Bill."
Thank you to Caroline Lucas MP for meeting with April and Rebecca Shortt from The Brain Tumour Charity and for your ongoing support.