Long standing borough councillor, Carole Ellis, has announced she has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.
Carole joined the council in 1991 and has represented the Great Barford Ward for the last 22 years.
During her time on the council, she has been a member of many committees and in recent years has chaired the Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Carole also represented the council on a number of outside groups, including the North Beds Community Safety Partnership, Eastern Orchestral Board and the Harpur Trust.
In 1999, Carole was made Mayor of Bedford Borough and in that role met with Nelson Mandela during his visit to Bedford.
Carole was also leader of the Conservative Group on the Council from 2009 until 2012.
She’s also well-known as an influential fundraiser for a range of charities including; Headways, the Heart Unit at Bedford Hospital and Willington Riding for the Disabled.
Her passion for fundraising and helping others has not stopped there. So as to prevent individuals from experiencing this illness, Carole is now calling for more funding into brain tumour research, and subsequent awareness on this topic.
She has also praised her husband Edward ‘Eddie’ Ellis, who has always been by her side and is supporting her through the illness adding that thanks to Eddie, she has been able to reach many of her goals.
Carole said the support of her family has been ‘amazing’.
She said: “It is not only the individual diagnosed with a brain tumour that suffers; it has a devastating affect on the whole family. Much more needs to be done to ensure funding goes towards brain tumour research, and we desperately need to understand why this illness seems to be on the increase.”