Doncaster teen Hannah Brown’s £50,000 legacy for cancer charity

Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown

Tributes have been paid to an inspirational teenager with an incurable brain tumour who set about leaving a £50,000 charity legacy.

Hannah Brown, aged 17, from Hatfield, Doncaster, dedicated the last few months of her life to fundraising for a charity which helps fund research into a cure for the disease. Now family and friends of the teenager, who died last Wednesday, have vowed to continue to raise money to hit Hannah’s target. The fund currently stands at £31,767.

Dad David said: “She was such an inspiration and we can’t believe the way she seemed to touch everyone’s life without even trying.

“Her work has inspired so many people, some of whom never knew Hannah, and we are so proud of her. We are continuing to raise money for the charity - it’s what Hannah would have wanted.

“We are devastated Hannah was only here for such a short time but she achieved more in her 17 years than most people do in a lifetime.”

Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumour last February after experiencing problems with her hearing.

After chemotherapy and radiotherapy she was told it was incurable.

The Ash Hill Academy pupil sat and passed two GCSE exams in hospital the day after having brain surgery.

Despite undergoing treatment and enduring countless operations, the inspirational teenager continued her studies and sporting activities and won the Prom Queen title at her school dance.

Hannah’s attitude throughout her illness inspired the whole community, which is continuing rallying round to hit her £50,000 target for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia.

The teenager’s charity work earned her the accolades of Most Inspirational Person and Bravery Award, and runner-up in the charity award at the Doncaster Pride Awards - announced just the day after her death.

Along with her charity work, Hannah will also be remembered as a dedicated sportswoman, playing for Doncaster Belles U16s and winning numerous titles with Pilkington Recreation Bowling Club including coming runner-up in the South Yorkshire Juniors Crown Green Bowls Tournament the day after her diagnosis.

She also qualified for the All England Junior Ladies Final and made the finals of the All England Senior Mixed Doubles, progressing to the quarter-final stage.

PACT is a support group for families whose children had cancer. It now provides equipment to families and provides money for research into a cure for cancer.

To donate or find out how to help visit Hannah Bandana Just Giving page or text a donation to PACT using text code HANB97, amount, and send to 70070.

* Hannah’s funeral will take place on Monday at 11am at St Lawrence Church in Hatfield, where donations will be collected for PACT, followed by a wake at Hatfields.