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Coronation Street and football celebrities back Walney family’s cancer e-petition appeal

CALLS for more spending on brain tumour research have been backed by celebrities – after friends and family of a courageous cancer battler promoted the campaign online.

Andy Clarke, 31, of Silloth Crescent, Walney, passed away on October 2 as a result of a brain tumour, seven months after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Family and friends of the BAE Systems employee are honouring his memory by relentlessly spreading the word about an internet e-petition asking for an increase in the 0.7 per cent of cancer research money spent on brain tumours.

As with any e-petition, the matter would become eligible for a debate in the House of Commons if it attracts 100,000 signatures.

The petition was started in June by former Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey, whose son was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour two years ago.

Mr Clarke’s wife, Lisa, has taken to social networking site Twitter in a bid to promote the campaign.

She started by tweeting Coro stars past and present in the hope they would recognise Mr Tarmey’s petition.

Lucy-Jo Hudson, known for playing Katy Harris in Coro and Rosie Trevanion in ITV drama Wild at Heart, re-tweeted Mrs Clarke’s message to her 76,453 followers and replied: “So sorry to hear that x.”

Fellow ex-Weatherfield actress Tina O’Brien, who played Sarah-Louise Platt on the famous cobbles, re-tweeted to her 89,645 followers.

Numerous friends of Mr Clarke have also been using Twitter to spread the message.

David Gold, West Ham United Football Club joint-chairman, re-tweeted to his 55,781 followers, and former England footballer and Premier League manager Peter Reid re-tweeted to his 55,170 followers.

Mrs Clarke said: “I only joined Twitter in the last week and I’m not completely sure how to use it properly yet.

“Lucy-Jo Hudson actually wrote to me and Tina O’Brien re-tweeted me.

“I’m trying to write to all the different ones, hoping the people who follow them might see it and sign.

“It’s definitely being seen by people, because I’ve had people writing to me saying ‘Sorry for your loss’ – people I don’t even know.”

To back the petition go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35167.

Have your say

Come on lets sign this petition someone you know could be next and you would want them to have the best chance of beating this awful disesas. i for one am sick of seeing people suffer it and lets face it , it will not cost you anything to do this good deed.

Posted by Anne on 21 October 2012 at 08:04

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