Harry Potter movie star makes video in support of Harrogate teenager who is fundraising for cancer research
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Rafe Colman-Chadwick, 17, is raising funds for Brain Tumour Research, after his father Damian died from brain cancer aged 49, five years ago.
Rafe, who is at sixth form at Harrogate Grammar School, said: “I lost my dad at the age of 12.
"Describing the emotions is hard to put into words, so instead I will put these emotions into action.
"I am running the London marathon for Brain Tumour Research and I need your help."
Actor Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter, filmed a short piece on her iPhone with Rafe when she was in Harrogate during her latest book tour promoting Oh Miriam!
In the video she pledges her support for Rafe’s appeal and adds: "Please open your purses and your hearts. Thank you.”
As well as the backing of the BAFTA-winning actress, Harlow Consulting, a leading research consultancy in Harrogate, has donated £500 to the cause.
Rafe said: "I am incredibly thankful to Harlow Consulting for their support.
"I’m doing this in memory of my dad with the hope of making a positive impact on the lives of other patients and their families.
"Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
"Just 1% of national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease."
Brain tumours remain one of the least funded areas of cancer research, with limited resources allocated to understanding this complex and devastating disease.
According to recent statistics, brain tumour research receives only a fraction of the funding compared to other forms of cancer research.
Rafe is hoping to raise £10,000 via his London Marathon Run in April 2024.
The funds will contribute towards groundbreaking research projects, clinical trials, and the development of innovative treatments.
Rafe is a passionate advocate for the charity, and raised funds in the past with a charity concert in Valley Gardens.
To donate to Rafe’s appeal go to JustGiving online.