ROTARIANS have raised thousands of pounds for a brain tumour charity in memory of the club president’s son.

In his role as president of the Rotary Club of Cotswold Tyndale for 2016/17, John Stanton, 70, has spearheaded fundraising efforts following the death of his son Alan to an aggressive brain tumour in 2015.

Alan was only 30 when he died, leaving behind his wife Lucy and five-month-old son.

Various events have been held over the past year with the aim of raising funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Over the past 12 months almost £6,000 has been collected by members of the group which will go towards research into brain tumours.

John said: “Alan was a wonderful son, father and friend and always remained upbeat and positive that he would beat the tumour. 

“It’s a sad fact that brain tumours can affect anyone at any time but no one knows what causes them. 

“Raising money for such a worthy charity will hopefully increase awareness of this awful disease and draw attention to the vital research that needs to be conducted to find a cure. 

“I’m just grateful Alan got to spend time with his son before his life was cut short.” 

Brain tumours kill more people under the age of 40 than any other form of cancer but receive only one per cent of cancer research funds.

Carol Robertson, community fundraising manager for the research said: “Stories like Alan’s are heart-breaking and we are extremely grateful to John his wife Jean and the club for raising such vital funds to help us find a cure.”