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

Christmas display lighting the way to a cure

A man from North Cornwall has switched on his Christmas lights to raise money to help find a cure for brain tumours after two family members were affected by the disease.

Martin Langdon has been decorating his house in Wadebridge for the past 25 years, raising thousands of pounds for charity with a yearly Christmas display. This Christmas, he is fundraising for Brain Tumour Research with an impressive display made up of more than 30,000 lights.

The festive display includes a nativity scene, a waddle of penguins and illuminated reindeer next to a forest of Christmas trees.

His fundraising comes after Martin’s nephew, James Flint, was diagnosed with a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma in 2015. Devastatingly, he has since suffered a more aggressive recurrence and the tumour is now classified as a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). James’ diagnosis came three years after Martin’s mother, and James’ Nanny Joy, died from the same disease.

Martin said: “People love coming to see the display and have been so generous through their donations in the box on the front of our house. We have hundreds of visitors who want to come and see something bright and festive so I’m glad to help put a smile on their face and bring them some Christmas cheer.”

If you’d like to donate to Martin’s Christmas lights display, please click here and add ‘Martin Langdon’ in the comment box. You can also visit the Christmas house on the Bridge View estates in Wadebridge to donate in person.

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