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Widow of former England captain backs Brain Tumour Research World Cup campaign

Library filer dated 21/06/1999 of former football star and television personality Emlyn Hughes PNL-140406-165832001

Library filer dated 21/06/1999 of former football star and television personality Emlyn Hughes PNL-140406-165832001

The widow of an England captain has launched a fundraising promotion for Brain Tumour Research.

Emlyn Hughes, who played for England 60 times in the 1960s and 1970s and won two European Cups with Liverpool, died of a brain tumour in 2004, aged 57.

So his widow, Barbara, wanted to support the fundraiser ahead of the start of the World Cup, in his honour.

Barbara, who now has three grand­children, was 19 years old when they met in a pub in Cumbria in 1967. They married in 1972.

She said: “He’d just come back from the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

“And he said, ‘I think it’s time we thought about getting married – everybody’s beginning to talk about us’. It wasn’t grand or romantic!”

But their time together was cruelly cut short as Emlyn died 15 months after being diagnosed with the tumour in 2003.

Barbara said they received a lot of letters from people struggling with the same disease so she is pleased there is now more of a collective voice.

She said: “We know about lung cancer and smoking, liver disease and drinking, but what about brain tumours? There are too many unanswered questions.”

Host for Hope encourages people to have a party during the World Cup to raise money for the Padbury-based charity.

Quizzes, posters and sweepstakes can be downloaded from the charity’s website and Barbara said Emlyn would have loved the idea.

Visit www.myhostforhope.org

 

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