A SCARBOROUGH man and his family marched on Downing Street to campaign for more research and funding into childhood cancers.
John Bradley, of Hungate, Brompton-by-Sawdon, is supporting the cause in memory of his beloved great niece, Madison Allan, who died on Boxing Day aged just eight years old.
Madison, who lived in Blackburn with her mum Samantha, dad Mark and sister Scarlett, had been battling neuroblastoma – a “spaghetti-like” tumour – since she was 10 months old.
Following treatment in this country, Madison also underwent trial chemotherapy treatment in Germany, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Mr Bradley, who is chairman of the Friends of Raincliffe Woods, has been helping gather signatures in the Scarborough area to add to a national petition.
He said: “We got just over 2,000 signatures from this area and I would like to thank everyone who gave their support.
“I hope they’ll continue to support the campaign as we move forward.”
Mr Bradley and family members, including Madison’s mum and dad, Mark and Samantha, went to London and met with other campaigners.
All those at the rally were hoping to raise awareness about neuroblastoma and its devastating effects.
Mr Bradley said: “There were 10 of us and we joined hundreds of people from all over the country.
“The was a good atmosphere and the police commented on how peaceful the demonstration was.”
The family are continuing to raise funds and awareness in Madison’s name and will be bringing an event to Scarborough later this year.
Mr Bradley explained: “We want to keep this going, so I’m planning an awareness event, which will hopefully take place in the town centre this summer.”
Go to www.themadisonallanmemorialfund.org.uk