Thousands of pounds have been raised so far in memory of the former government minister James Brokenshire
The family of the 53-year-old, who died Thursday after being diagnosed with lung cancer, set up a fundraising page to encourage people to share memories, photos and donate in his memory.
Less than 24 hours after Page’s announcement on Friday, more than £12,000 was pledged by the public to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
On the fundraising page, the family said: “Great people leave a huge and lasting legacy. James Brokenshire MP wanted to make a lasting difference in other people’s fight against lung cancer.
He asked people to donate “in exchange for flowers to the excellent work of the Roy Castle Lung Foundation”.
After the death of Mr. Brokenshire, the Prime Minister boris johnson paid tribute to him as “the best, kindest and most ingenious politicians”.
Mr Brockenshire, the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, who previously served as Secretary of Northern Ireland and Minister of Security, announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 and had to remove the upper lobe of his right lung. Surgery was done for
At the time, Mr Brokenshire, a non-smoker, said he was prompted to see his GP after coughing up a small amount of blood.
He became outspoken in calling for a national investigation for lung cancer, and in April 2018 he used a debate Parliament Calling for a national program to improve poor survival rates.
Mr Brokenshire said there is a lot of stigma surrounding lung cancer, with many people wrongly believing it is only caused by smoking.
He also supported the efforts of Baroness Jowell who died in May 2018 after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour, so that more experimental treatments could be available on the NHS.
In January, he suffered a tumor recurrence and later said that a “somewhat troublesome” lung had been removed by Guy’s surgeon. Hospital in South London.
But in August, he confirmed that his lung cancer had “progressed” and was starting a new line of treatment.
Mr Brokenshire’s family said he had been in hospital since last Sunday and his condition was rapidly deteriorating.
On the fundraising page, his loved ones described him as “a tireless campaigner for better lung cancer screening”, and said he was “clear that the stigma of lung cancer must be removed”.