Island community comes together to fight father’s brain cancer battle

Community spirit came together on Saturday (September 29) to fight for a father’s battle with cancer – raising a grand total of £1640.

The Wootton Bridge Community Centre came alive as loved ones and friends clubbed together to raise funds for Simon Mayne with an all singing, all dancing extravaganza – complete with an appearance from Jack Sparrow.

The 57-year-old was tragically diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour in March 2018. He decided to get checked after developing severe headaches and partial sight loss in his left eye.

Simon underwent brain surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but sadly his tumour was diagnosed as the most aggressive form and he was given 12-14 months to live.

Simon’s daughter Katie Mayne and Jack Sparrow

But there is hope as Simon’s wife, together with friends and family are trying to raise the much needed £250,000 for a unique vaccine which is made especially for Simon using tumour tissue and cells from his blood. The vaccine will use his body to help kill the cancer cells.

The fundraiser was one of the many events that Simon’s family and friends have organised they have also done bucket collections and set up a donation page.

Katie Mayne, Simon’s daughter, said she was “amazed at how kind people are” and hopes their efforts raise awareness of brain cancer.

To help Simon and his family visit: