Rainbows event for Brendon

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A Bulwell woman whose brother died from a brain tumour after a 14-year long battle has organised a fundraising event in his memory.

Brendon Newcombe was just nine-years-old when he was first diagnosed with the tumour and was given only six months to live.

But Brendon kept defying the doctors’ prognosis and survived a further 14 years, finally losing his battle with cancer 10 months ago, aged 23.

Now his sister Cordelia (22), is holding a fun day at the Bowman pub, on Nottingham Road, Hucknall, to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, where Brendon received respite and day care from 2002.

She said: “Brendon was just an amazing person. He was so bubbly and he didn’t let his illness bother him.

“Brendon loved Rainbows and he would do anything for anyone. This is why I want to do this event for him and for Rainbows; I know he would be proud.”

The event will take place on Friday 29th August from 1pm to 5pm and entry is free.

All money made from the stalls, including a bouncy castle, face painting, tombola and mini beauty treatments will go to Rainbows.

Brendon lived with his mum, Michelle, in Bulwell, but when he went to Rainbows for respite care, his mum and Cordelia often stayed with him. At Rainbows, Brendon once met one of his heroes, Claire Richards from pop band Steps.

Cordelia added: “Rainbows was so good to Brandon and he just loved it there. We all stayed at Rainbows too and it was great.”

Caroline Rossin, Rainbows community fundraiser in Nottinghamshire, said: “We would like to thank Cordelia for organising this event for Rainbows.

“It is a wonderfully fitting tribute to Brendon’s memory and we hope people will go along to support her.”