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Mum who lost son to brain tumour dedicates life to helping other families

Debs Whiteley is one of the Pride of Britain nominees for the west of the ITV Anglia region. Photo:

A Cambridge mother who lost her son to a brain tumour when he was nine has dedicated her life to helping other families in similar situations cope.

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Deborah Whiteley’s son Tom passed away in 2010 at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

She set up Tom’s Trust in his memory, a charity that funds clinical psychologists which can help children and families through such a bleak diagnosis.

Debs with her son Tom.

"It was traumatic because when you're told that your child has cancer you can't believe and we had to do that on our own, we had to tell our children on our own and we had to explain it to Tom on our own and we didn't know what we were doing.

"Then when you're given a terminal diagnosis and you had to drive home unsupported.

"That's all changed now."

– Debs Whiteley, Pride of Britain nominee.
Debs with her son Tom. Credit: ITV Anglia

They’ve managed to raise £920,000 - enough to fund three clinical psychologists.

Debs speaking to Sarah, a clinical psychologist funded by Tom's Trust. Credit: ITV Anglia.

"We decided as a family we had to change something in his name, and I absolutely love what I do and I will do it everyday until every child with a brain tumour has the sort of support that they need to have in the UK and we are very, very, very proud to do it in Tom's name."

– Debs Whiteley, Pride of Britain nominee.
  • Deborah Whiteley is one of four contenders from the west of the ITV News Anglia region shortlisted for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. One will be selected to represent the region.

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