Don a bandana for brain tumour charity


The family of a young woman battling a brain tumour will hold an event to raise awareness and funds to mark Brain Tumours Awareness Month.

Grace Latter, 23, was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma in early 2014 in her third year of studying creative writing and drama at The University of Winchester.

The diagnosis had a huge impact on the Latter family, who live in Battle.

Mum Deborah Latter, said: “As a family, we are directly affected by this as our daughter Grace, has a Grade 1 Pilocytic Astrocytoma.

“She has had two operations to remove most of it and has had a six week course of radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden to stop it from growing further.

“Her tumour is unable to be removed without suffering serious disabilities so she will live with it for the rest of her life. She has an MRI brain scan every three months and a consultation a week later.

“Our lives have changed immeasurably since her diagnosis in 2014.”

Since her diagnosis, Grace has sought to raise awareness of her condition by blogging about her experience and recently was asked by the Brain Tumour Charity to produce a vlog to help others.

On Friday, March 3, the Latters will raise funds for the charity by holding a Bandanas for Brain Tumours Tea Party in the Battle District Guide Hall on the recreation ground, between 3-5pm.

There will be bandanas to decorate and tea, coffee and cakes will be served.

March is Brain Tumours Awareness Month and March 3 is the #WearItOut awareness and fundraising day for The Brain Tumour Charity, kicking off many events around the country.

Deborah said: “Our connection with the Brain Tumour Charity is a close one. They have supported us and we are delighted to support them.

“We participated in the 10km Twilight Walk in Windsor last October and raised £1,735. Our friends and family have been amazing.”

She added: “I have been a Guider for 22 years and involved in Battle Guiding since moving here 21 years ago. Grace and her sister Fleur have been involved all their lives and my husband, Jonathan, is treasurer.

“Battle District Girlguides have enthusiastically joined us for this event and we are delighted. They are our family too.”

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