Sam, a pupil at The Newark Academy, was 16 when he died. He had campaigned on the need for research and awareness in to childhood brain tumours, often despite being very ill himself. He was also a tireless campaigner, even speaking at the European Parliament on the topic.
Six years ago, Sam helped the university launch its Impact Campaign, which supports research projects. His parents have continued to support the campaign since his death. Mike and Pam are also on the board for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research group at the university.
“It is really interesting work that is being done. The University is a centre of excellence because of the research that is carried out like this.
“We were overwhelmed when we received the award. We never envisaged winning it.”