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Skelmersdale fundraisers face double tragedy as second member of team dies

Team from Hotter shoes lose second work colleague to brain tumour

Craig Hodgson, 31, from Skelmersdale, who passed away following a brain tumour

Fundraisers from Skelmersdale who banded together earlier this year to raise £1,500 for Brain Tumour Research in memory of work colleague David Ives, have been struck with a double tragedy.

Last month, Craig Hodgson from Skelmersdale, a second member of the team at Hotter Shoes, lost his battle with a brain tumour, the same disease which took David. Craig was just 31, while Dave was 36.

Craig grew up in the Birch Green area of Skelmersdale, attending Clough Fold Primary School and then Lathom High, and was a great sportsman, enjoying football, motorbikes, golf and tennis. Craig was first diagnosed with malignant brain tumour three years ago. His wife Tracy and son, Myles, are both devastated by their loss.

Tracy said: “It is a real tragedy that Craig lost his life at such a young age and it is a tragedy on top of a tragedy that there is so little funding for research into this cruel disease – just 1% of national cancer research spending goes on brain tumours and this is clearly nowhere near enough.

“We think it is amazing what is being done by Craig’s friends to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research to bring hope to other families who are faced with the news that a loved one has a brain tumour and urge people to donate to this great cause.”

Lee James, a friend and work colleague of Craig’s, said: “When we lost Dave last year, we were shocked to learn that more children and adults under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer and that the five year survival rate for brain tumours is so low – less than 19% compared to an average of 50% across all cancers. We felt we had to do something to make a difference, even if it was too late for Dave.

“In May, our friend and Hotter Shoes work colleague, David Ainsworth ran the Chester Half Marathon in memory of Dave. Now that we have also lost Craig to the same cruel disease, David will be pounding the streets again in September to complete the Warrington Half Marathon, this time in memory of both Dave and Craig, while a team from Skelmersdale including myself, my brother Daniel, brother-in-law Stephen Davies and my dad, David, will cycle 127 miles from Leeds to Liverpool in one day on August 23.”

Lee continued: “We are very grateful to all our friends and family who have sponsored us so far, but we want to make as much as possible for this charity.”

To sponsor the team visit their page: https://www.justgiving.com/Cycling4Dave/