THE children of a Carlisle man who died following a brain tumour are fronting a nationwide charity campaign.

David Hetherington, who grew up in the Lowry Hill area of the city, passed away at the age of 39 in November 2016 in London.

The former Austin Friars pupil moved to the capital shortly after studying marketing at Lancaster University to work for HSBC, where he met his wife Shaz.

The pair worked on the same floor at the office in Canary Wharf.

The couple married in February 2010 and had their children, Layla and Daniel in 2011 and 2013.

He was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour before Layla was born, which returned as a malignant tumour soon after the birth of Daniel.

He underwent gruelling chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy in a bid to stop the growth of the tumour, which over time changed to an aggressive grade four glioblastoma.

Several years on from his death, the youngsters - who still live in London with their mum - have starred in the Brain Tumour Research charity's nationwide Wear a Hat Day campaign to raise funds and help find a cure for the disease.

The Wear a Hat Day will take place nationwide on Friday, March 29.

The children are among several others who were invited to take part in the national campaign, and like them, all have experienced

Shaz, David's wife, went on to set up the fundraising group Power of David, under the umbrella of Brain Tumour Research which has since raised more than £30,000.

David's parents John and Judith, who live in Lowry Hill, will be supporting the event.


Judith said: "It is lovely to see posters of Daniel and Layla promoting the campaign across the country.

"We would love to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and wear a hat for the charity.

"There is also a Facebook group, called the 'Power of David', set up in his memory by Shaz, and it is heartwarming to see people share photos of the poster from various places.

Her husband John added: "We have had photos of the poster sent from the London Underground, and other places, including Cheltingham train station, and a Tesco's in Glasgow."

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