Woman living with brain tumour releases Christmas song to raise money for research

Clare and Matt Kitteridge have released a Christmas song.
Clare and Matt Kitteridge have released a Christmas song.

A woman living with a brain tumour has released a Christmas song with her husband to raise money for research into the disease.

Clare Kitteridge, who was diagnosed eight years ago when she was 27, recorded Never Too Old for Christmas at her home in Flitwick.

The festive jingle was written by her husband Matt, who also plays the guitar on the track.

They hope it will raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity through iTunes downloads {iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/never-too-old-for-christmas/id1060200518|click here} and have also entered it into a national songwriting contest.

Clare, a family solicitor, was diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma - a non-malignant tumour similar to the one that TV presenter Sue Perkins recently revealed she has been living with.

Clare said: “I remember vividly the consultant calling me on my mobile to tell me I had a tumour. 
“It was about 8pm one evening and I was on my way to a band rehearsal.

“It was a complete shock and incredibly frightening to be told I had something growing inside my brain.”

She was put on medication to prevent the tumour from growing further and three years later, after regular tests, there was no sign of it becoming larger.

Clare was able to come off the medication and the tumour has remained stabled since then.

Husband Matt said: “Clare and I feel very lucky compared to so many others.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other type of cancer and even non-cancerous brain tumours can be fatal because of the damage they cause.

“We wanted to help to raise money for research into brain tumours, which receives only a tiny proportion of the money the government spends overall on cancer research every year.”

Donations can also be made via www.justgiving.com/Clare-Madeline-Matt.