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“Our friend Iggy was an inspiration!”

We’re so saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend and passionate long-term supporter Alan “Iggy” Igglesden yesterday morning, at the age of 57.

The former Kent and England fast bowler had a hugely successful cricketing career, making 283 appearances for Kent and representing England seven times across Test and One Day International cricket.

Alan retired from cricket after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 1999 following a seizure.

Despite the impact of his diagnosis, Alan, who was a devoted dad to eight-year-old Beth, always chose to look for the positive in life and dedicated himself to fundraising, raising over £300,000 to help The Brain Tumour Charity fund vital research.

Becoming close friends of The Charity, the Igglesdens held countless star-studded golf days, with guests including England cricketer turned TV pundit Phil Tufnell and former Strictly judge Len Goodman – and we are so grateful for their support.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with Alan’s family, friends and all who knew and loved him at this very sad time.

Our founders, Neil and Angela Dickson, who knew Alan for over two decades, said:

Iggy supported us in two Charity cricket matches and we are so grateful his brother Kevin and family put together an annual golf day at Westerham Golf Club in Kent to raise much-needed funds.

The £300, 000 they have raised over that period has gone into high-quality research into brain tumours.

Over the years, Iggy defied his gloomy prognosis given to him when he was diagnosed. He was always so positive and, until recently, had a good quality of life.

It was a privilege to have known him and he has been a real inspiration to our supporters living with brain tumours.

Claire Howell, our Community Fundraiser for the south east added: “Having been at three of Iggy’s golf days in recent years, meeting the man himself and his family and many friends, I can only echo what has been said by so many others: Alan was a real inspiration.

He was a passionate supporter of The Charity alongside brother Kevin, sister- in- law Jenny and family – and, at each and every golf day, you could feel the love and support for this amazing man.