It is one year ago today, 12th May, that Baroness Tessa Jowell passed away after her twelve month battle following the diagnosis of a high-grade brain tumour. As a long standing and highly respected figure in Parliament she was determined that hers would not be just a personal fight against the disease, but also an opportunity to improve outcomes for future generations.
The honesty and clarity with which she spoke about her personal experience moved many and her determination to effect change has become a lasting legacy through the work of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM). It was established in February 2018 and its Director, Nicky Huskens, explains “TJBCM serves as a national convening body, uniting professional, patient, charity and government groups to share information and work together to eradicate brain tumours. The mission puts patients first and foremost, and its aim is to selflessly share insights, knowledge and resources.”
Brain Tumour Support are delighted to be contributing to this and in January this year were honoured to welcome both Nicky Huskens and Tessa Jowell’s daughter Jess Mills, to meet our team and pass on first hand some of the experience and knowledge built up by our specialist Support Workers. Nicky also then attended The Weekend in March.
Brain Tumour Support’s CEO and founder, Tina Mitchell Skinner reflects “Our charity takes its focus from the needs of the patients and families we support, we are delighted to play our part in the work of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. Its aim to bring the brain tumour community together in improving outcomes is increasingly important and it is a great reflection of the spirit, determination and passion that comes to mind when we remember Tessa Jowell. As a support charity we appreciate how difficult anniversaries can be, and so our love and thoughts are very much with the whole family today.”