Inspirational mum honoured for fight against ‘silent killer’

Claudia Burkill who has an inoperable brain tumour.

Claudia Burkill who has an inoperable brain tumour.

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AN inspirational mum has raised £100,000 for research into a disease labelled a silent killer after sharing her little girl’s story.

Andrea Burkill was devastated when daughter Claudia was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2011, aged just five.

The mum of four was so distressed that she couldn’t talk to friends and family about it, so instead she set up a Facebook page where she could give updates about Claudia’s illness and treatment.

She also uses it to raise money for research into the disease.

Since then, the page, called Claudia’s Cause, has gained 191,000 followers, and a million people regularly check in to read updates, and, thanks to their generosity, Andrea, originally of Houghton, raised £100,000 in only 13 days.

Because of her fund-raising, Andrea, who regularly brings her family back to Wearside from Lincolnshire, was named fund-raiser of the year this month at the Inspiration Awards for Women, hosted by presenter Lorraine Kelly.

She raises cash for children’s cancer charities and Head Smart, which promotes awareness of brain tumours.

Andrea said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet research remains underfunded compared to other cancers.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/CCCBTRNU.