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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

Winning for Did

It is with great sadness that we share the news that  Dave (Did) Hopkins has died. He leaves behind his wife Nicki and three children, Dylan, Lydia and Sydney.

On 7th November, Nicki announced the devastating news on the Team Hopkins Fundraising Page on Facebook. She posted: “Yesterday our lives were shattered and we are absolutely heartbroken. After 14 months of Did trying to beat cancer (he did win – he made memories with a good quality of life), we’ve lost the most amazing father to three kids and the love of my life, my best friend and soul mate. Did leaves a massive gap in our lives and I really don’t know how we will cope, but we will because that’s what he wanted us to do continue and make every memory possible.”

Dave was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in September 2020. Since then, his loved ones have been crowdfunding to help try to extend his life. Nicki, a passionate campaigner for Brain Tumour Research, also galvanised the support of their local MP, Holly Mumby-Croft and she has spoken at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) meeting.

Paying tribute to her husband, Nicki described him as “the entertainer of life who so wanted to live life to the fullest and had so much more to give.”

Hugh Adams, Head of Stakeholder Relations at Brain Tumour Research said: “Our sincere condolences go to the Hopkins family and to all those who knew and loved ‘Did’. Dave tackled his disease with inspirational hope and positivity. He and Nicki focused on retaining a good quality of life and on making memories, something I know they’re glad to have achieved.

“Nicki, a fervent campaigner for our cause, has done fantastic work to help raise awareness of the severe lack of funding for research into brain tumours. She is running the London Marathon for the charity in 2022, as she commits to fundraise to help find a cure for this devastating disease. We remain eternally grateful for Nicki’s support and are thinking of her and all of Dave’s loved ones at this very difficult time.”

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