The widow of a Sheffield football star is encouraging people to get into the World Cup party spirit and support cancer research.
Ex-England captain Emlyn Hughes, a former Rotherham United player-manager who lived in Whirlow, died 10 years ago this November from a brain tumour.
Now his widow Barbara is backing the Brain Tumour Research charity’s new campaign, Host for Hope: Game On, which will see fundraising parties held during the football World Cup, which starts next month.
Proceeds will be used to pay for the development of new treatments and drugs for brain tumours, which are diagnosed in 16,000 people every year in the UK.
Barbara said Emlyn would have ‘loved’ the appeal.
She said: “Have a party, watch football and raise money for a wonderful cause – one that is close to my family’s heart.”
Emlyn – who played 62 times for his country and captained Liverpool to European Cup glory – was diagnosed in 2003 and died 15 months later, aged 57.
Barbara said: “When people give to cancer charities they think this means it will be shared equally among all the cancers, but the reality is different.
“We hear so much about breast, prostate and lung cancer, but what about brain cancer?
“I don’t understand why it is so far down the list. There are too many unanswered questions.”
Sue Farrington Smith, Brain Tumour Research chief executive, said: “In the 10 years since Emlyn died, brain cancer research has remained woefully underfunded. While the majority of cancers have seen survival rates jumping hugely in the last 40 years, brain tumours remain almost as deadly as they were in 1970.
“Survival rates cannot improve unless the amount of money given to research, that develops the new treatments and drugs that save lives, is increased.”
n Visit www.myhostforhope.org to register. The website offers raffle tickets, downloadable quizzes and posters for party hosts.