Brain Tumour Twilight Walk in honour of former Ripon teacher Daniel Elsworth.

Parents who lost their son to brain tumour recently completed a Twilight Walk to raise over £2,000 for research charity.

Friday, 8th October 2021, 12:09 pm

Andrew and Julie Elsworth, took part in the event which will fund The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK’s leading brain tumour charity dedicated to doubling survival and halving the harm that the disease causes.

Andrew’s only son, and Julie’s stepson, Daniel Elsworth, passed away with the disease last month, aged just 35.

Daniel, a former English teacher from Ripon, and a keen golfer, was diagnosed in 2016 with a glioblastoma brain tumour – the most aggressive form of the disease.

Daniel Elsworth who died of a brain tumour last month.

He leaves behind a wife, Holly, and three young daughters – Matilda, five, and twins Mollie and Mabel, two.

Andrew, 61, who runs a cleaning business in Northallerton with Julie, said: “Prior to my son being diagnosed, I am sad to say I had no awareness that this illness was so common in the UK and around the world, affecting children and adults of all ages with such tragic outcomes.

“When I found out about Daniel, my immediate reaction was to set about learning as much as I could to find him a cure, believing mistakenly that there was a cure out there somewhere, and finding out very quickly there was not - only palliative care to try and buy time for him.

“Dan was my only child, and feeling so helpless was heart breaking.

“As a family, we feel lucky we had him with us for five years - much longer than many others diagnosed - but it’s still not long enough for an amazing intelligent father of three beautiful little girls under six years old.”

Andrew and Julie walked their chosen route with Julie’s two daughters, and their eight grandchildren, close to their Northallerton home.

The day before their walk, they were joined by their local MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, at an awareness-raising event in Northallerton.

Julie Elsworth said: “We were so appreciative of Rishi and his team supporting our awareness day.

“They were absolutely amazing and it was an honour to have the chance to chat so openly with the Chancellor about our cause.”

“He was very empathetic to us and our family and we can’t thank him enough for giving up his time on a cold and windy Saturday morning.”

The Elsworths originally set out to raise £1,000 from their sponsored walk, but have more than doubled that target, with over £2,200 raised so far.

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Andrew said: “People are losing their lives daily to this horrific disease – funding research to find a cure is the only answer.

“We as a country, along with others contributing, have shown with this pandemic, if enough funding is given, our incredible scientists can find answers – even with an illness we knew so little about. The skilled minds are there, but we urgently need more funding.

“We will fight on in Dan’s memory to try and save other families from this tragic situation.”

The Twilight Walk is The Brain Tumour Charity’s flagship fundraiser and one of their most supported events.

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond (Yorks), said: “I was pleased to support the Elsworths and their efforts to raise awareness and funds for research into the disease which so tragically took Daniel from them and the rest of his family.

“Their walk and the event they staged in Northallerton was a most fitting tribute in Daniel’s memory and I applaud them for their strength and spirit at this difficult time.”