Doncaster man undergoes brain surgery - while wide awake

A man who was given just 18 months to live after undergoing wide-awake surgery for a brain tumour has inspired his community to raise more than £21, 000 to help others with the condition.

Thursday, 1st September 2016, 10:25 am
Updated Thursday, 1st September 2016, 11:26 am
Doncaster-born Alan Needham.

Doncaster-born Alan Needham, aged 65, suffered a seizure in January 2014 and was shocked to discover that he had the most aggressive type of brain tumour – a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme.

He was initially given as little as six months to live but after undergoing a craniotomy while wide awake he was given a life expectancy of 12 to 18 months.

Alan Needham.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The devastating brain tumour diagnosis came just a year after meeting his partner Sarah Schofield and moving to Scunthorpe.

A keen brass band player, brave Alan has inspired fellow musicians, friends and family to host a series of concerts, which have raised more than £21, 000 for Brain Tumour Research.

The former civil servant said: “I wanted to help make a difference even if it’s too late for me. It has been quite humbling. The fundraising support I have received from family and friends and particularly the brass band community.”

Alan spent more than 40 years as a member of the Polypipe Rossington Band.

Alan Needham.

Key fundraising concerts over the last couple of years include two ‘All Star Brass Concert’ featuring 10 different bands.

To donate visit

Alan Needham.
Alan Needham.