The family of a six-year-old who died of a brain tumour have called on the government to do more to find a cure for the illness.
Levi Ringer’s mum Vicky, grandma Val and sister Layla, 10, visited parliament to ask for more funding for research into brain tumours and treatment for sufferers.
They joined other bereaved families, carers and scientists in presenting a manifesto to MPs from charity Brain Tumour Research.
Stanley St Peter’s School pupil Levi died in August 2006, just six weeks after being diagnosed with the illness.
His family launched the charity Levi’s Star, which helps children with brain tumours.
Mum Vicky said: “This year it will be nine years since we lost Levi, but the pain is as hard as ever to bear.
“It was good to meet others affected and support the vital work which Brain Tumour Research is doing on behalf of us all.
“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 is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable.”
The family were joined by their MP Ed Balls, who wore a pink had to support Wear a Hat Day, a brain tumour awareness event held on March 27.
The Invest in a Cure manifesto calls for the government to work with Brain Tumour Research to provide a dedicated fund for research.
Sue Farrington Smith, chief executive of the Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.”
The manifesto was handed over at a reception at the official residence of commons speaker John Bercow, who is patron of Brain Tumour Research.