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"I want every parent to say, 'Yeah, I knew that.'"

Sacha Langton-Gilkes, whose 16-year-old son David died from a brain tumour, says most parents don't realise that brain tumours are the biggest disease killer of young people. She says parents need to be clearer on how to spot the key signs. Here is the NHS list of symptoms:

  • Epilepsy or fits, which can be either major seizures or twitching in one area of the body
  • Severe, persistent headache
  • Irritability, drowsiness, apathy or forgetfulness
  • Vomiting, which is sometimes sudden and for no apparent reason
  • Dizziness
  • Partial loss of vision or hearing
  • Hallucinations
  • Personality changes, including abnormal and uncharacteristic behaviour

More information: NHS Choices guide to malignant brain tumours

I had no idea, like everybody else, that it was the biggest killer of young people, from 2 years-old to 24. I haven't met anyone, not a politician, yet who's gone, "Yeah, I knew that." I just want everyone to go, "Yeah, I knew that."

– Sacha Langton-Gilkes, mother of brain tumour victim

Read more: Dorset mum at Department of Health to raise awareness of brain tumours


North Dorset mum to meet Department of Health

Sacha Langton-Gilks with her son David. Credit: Family photograph

125 children a year are dying from brain tumours because the UK is 50% slower at diagnosing children's brain tumours than similar countries worldwide.

Statistics show the UK has the highest number of child deaths compared to other Western European countries.

Sacha Langton-Gilks, from North Dorset, whose own son David died as a result of a brain tumour in 2012 has joined the HeadSmart project to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.

Today she is meeting with the Department of Health in a bid to further the cause.

200-million-year old fossil found on Boxing Day

The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. Credit: ITV News West Country

An amateur fossil-hunter from Chippenham in Wiltshire has found an ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast.

The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. It was removed in an 8 hour operation, just before another storm was due to hit.

The finder, Alan Saxon, says he hopes it will end up on display.


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