Light up a Star in memory of a loved one - Craig

Light up a Star in memory of a loved one - Craig's story

Tue 24 November

Christmas is a special time, so here at Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity we are planning an event named Light up a Star for families to remember their loved ones this December. 

This year has been an especially difficult and turbulent year for many of us. We would like to bring families and friends together, in a safe environment, following Government guidance to light up a star for their loved one. The event will take place at Oulton Hall Hotel on Sunday 13th December.  


Bev, who lost her son Craig Turner aged 36 to a brain tumour recently, said: “My family and I are attending the Light up a Star event in memory of Craig. We want to get together to remember what a loving, courageous and humorous person he was. And pay tribute to him, especially as it would have been his birthday on 1st December. We miss him so much.”

Craig’s family have been raising funds for, and awareness of, Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity in a variety of ways. As a family they have exceeded every one of their own targets and together they have raised a whopping £7,632. An incredible amount that will make a huge difference to YBTC and the families we support across our region.  

Here are some of the activities they have been undertaking…

Beth started fundraising to support her brother. On her Just Giving page she said: “I am trying to raise some money for a charity very important to me and my family. I’m going to be shaving my head on the 16th of August.” Beth’s headshave went well and following this she is now one of our much-valued volunteers at No 31, our charity shop in Headingley, on her day off from college.

Craig’s cousin Nikki ran the Sir Titus Trot half marathon on 13th September. Nikki proudly raised wore her bright yellow YBTC running top along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, cheered on by Craig’s family and friends, raising funds and awareness.

The family attended a festival for Craig organised by his cousin Amy on the 26th September. Despite last minute restrictions due to COVID-19, Amy was not deterred! She made the festival virtual so everyone could join in the fun safely and support Craig and his family. Gavin, Amy’s husband, was a great support and helped her organise everything. Gavin is lead guitarist of one of the bands that helped bring all the other bands on board!  

Next up, Craig’s Auntie Angie walked to support her nephew. Despite bad weather the 20-mile walk was completed on Friday 2nd October. Angie wrote on her Just Giving page “As many of you know, sadly Craig lost his battle a few weeks ago and we miss him so much. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to this charity so close to our hearts who continue to do amazing work.”

Angie and her husband Nick also made a trip to the YBTC charity shop to hand over goodies for us to sell and raise funds from in the shop.

Karen, who also donated goods to the YBTC charity shop, challenged herself to walk 5 half marathons and a full marathon over one week starting on 28th September. She planned to walk over 100 miles to raise money in memory of Craig, her partner Tony’s grandson. She said: “My first 20 miles I was averaging 3.5 miles an hour. But the last 6.3 miles seemed to take forever, it was my knees that let me down, I had no problems with my feet. I achieved more miles than I pledged doing a total of 136 miles!”

Craig’s partner Jess kindly asked her family and friends to donate to YBTC instead of presents for her birthday via Facebook.   

Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser at YBTC, said: “I have honestly been touched by every one of Craig’s family. The way that they have united during this devasting time is heart-warming. It is clear how much they all cared for Craig and love each other. The money they have raised is vital to enable us to continue our support to families like Craig’s. They have done everything possible to raise awareness and support the charity, and we are so grateful to them all.”  

If you would like to raise funds in memory of a loved one, we are here to support you every step of the way. You can Light up a Star on our page here: adding a photo and a personal message for your loved one, which appears in a star on the page. You can even set up your own personal page and invite your family and friends to donate. If you would like us to help you do this, please do not hesitate to contact

Whichever way you choose, supporting YBTC is a lasting and meaningful way to remember your loved one. We will work with you to keep a total of the money raised by your family and friends. 

Remember we are here for you. You can access our bereavement support at anytime. Please click here to find out more.

Here are some pictures of the family fundraising...


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