Nicole attends Brain Tumour Research centre launch

Nicole Taylor and Phil Phillips at the launch of the 'Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence
Nicole Taylor and Phil Phillips at the launch of the 'Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

Soulbury brain tumour campaigner Nicole Taylor attended the launch of the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence in Plymouth on November 20.

Nicole and fiance Phil Phillips toured the new premises with patients, carers, scientists and other doctors to see the work being done to help people living with low-grade brain tumours.

The mum-of-two said: “It has been fantastic to be here today and discover what scientists are doing to find a cure for low-grade tumours, including meningioma, the type I have.”

The new Centre of Excellence will be part of Plymouth University Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, already a leading research facility into brain tumours.

It needs £1 million per year to stay running, the equivalent of nearly £3,000 per day.

Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and undergoing a major operation, Nicole, 42, has raised over £10,000 for Brain Tumour Research through her own division of the charity, called Head 1st.

In recognition of her fundraising – which amounts to three days of research – she was invited to place three tiles on the ‘Wall of Hope’ in the centre.

Nicole said: “Putting up the three Head 1st tiles on the Wall of Hope on the three special dates I had chosen – one being the date of my wedding next July – has made me very proud and hopeful for the future.

“It is a tribute to all my Head 1st supporters within the Leighton Buzzard and Soulbury communities who have helped raise thousands of pounds to fund vital research into brain tumours.”

For more information, see www.braintumourresearch.org.