A mother who lost her son to a brain tumour is holding a fundraising event to help find a cure for the disease.

Sean Crossey, who lived in High Wycombe, was diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour in 2016 after suffering from headaches and mild seizures.

He underwent three brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

During this, Sean also married his fiancee Laura, but he sadly died of the illness in September 2018.

He was 29-years-old.

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Sean’s mother, Jo, is now taking part ‘Do Lunch!’ initiative which has been set up by Brain Tumour Research.

This is where friends and family organise food-related events where they donate money to help the charity find a cure to help those battling with brain tumours.

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Sean with his parents Bernard and Jo

Sean’s mum, Jo, who also lives in High Wycombe, said: “Sean was so kind, thoughtful, generous and funny.

“His mantra was ‘carpe diem’ – seize the day and just get on and enjoy life.

“He was always telling us he loved us.

“I remember one day he said: ‘This must be very hard for you, mum’ and put his arms around me.

“I miss Sean so much and think about him daily, even hourly.

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“His ashes are interred in the Chiltern GreenAcres woodland burial park near Beaconsfield.

“I often sit on the bench in the glade and think of him.

“It was difficult during full lockdown when I couldn’t go – it’s a lovely, peaceful place to reflect and remember.

“The Squirrel public house in Booker had offered to hold a Wear A Hat Day event back on March 27 for the charity Brain Tumour Research, but this obviously had to be cancelled because we went into lockdown.

“When I heard about the charity’s Do Lunch! campaign I decided to get involved.

“I am planning to invite some friends round for a socially-distanced picnic in the park and a bit of fun while we raise funds for a serious cause.

“I want to help save families from going through our heartache.”

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Sean with his wife, Laura

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease.

And despite the country battling coronavirus, many people who have taken part in the scheme, have organised lunches over Zoom to raise awareness.

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Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “Whether you’re planning an elaborate picnic, a socially-distanced afternoon tea, a family BBQ or virtual pizza, the charity can help get the ball rolling with a free fundraising pack.

“We are very grateful to Jo for her support and wish her every success for her lunch party. We hope she inspires others to take part in Do Lunch! It is a fun way to bring friends and family together this summer, while raising awareness of this dreadful disease.”

To register for Do Lunch! go to www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/do-lunch.