Supermodel Caprice has spoken of her friendship with a tragic young mum who lost her brain tumour battle just days before Christmas.
Gemma Edgar passed away in December four years after being diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumour. Now Caprice, the supermodel and businesswoman she came to call her friend, has launched an appeal in Gemma’s name to raise funds to help find a cure.
The pair first met a year ago when they attended an event at the Brain Tumour Research charity’s HQ in Milton Keynes. They bonded over their diagnoses – Caprice had undergone surgery a year earlier, having discovered she had a low-grade brain tumour while competing on the television skiing contest The Jump – and both were mums to two young boys.
In a moving video shot shortly after her friend’s death, Caprice talks of their “instant bond”, her admiration for Gemma’s family, and their shared wish that more money is invested in research to find a cure.
The film shows one of the visits Caprice made to Gemma at St Helena Hospice, Colchester, where she spent her final weeks. Her friendship and warm words brought great comfort not only to Gemma but to her parents Andy and Barb, who kept a constant vigil at their beloved daughter’s bedside.
Through her work as a paediatric nurse, Gemma knew only too well the impact a brain tumour has on families and, even as one of her sons underwent his own cancer journey with surgery to remove his eye followed by treatment in the US, she was committed to helping to raise awareness.
Gemma was just 33 when she died. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Gemma’s wish was to change this and for people to hear her story.
Caprice said: “I am doing this for Gemma, she was such a bright, beautiful loving mum and she deserved so much better. She wanted people to know her story and I hope this film will help her to achieve that. I will never forget her.”
For more information and to watch the video go to www.braintumourresearch.org