Nicole Proffitt with dad RichardEdge Hill Trainee teacher Nicole Proffitt is making her publishing debut with a children’s picture book which will be sold in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research.

Nicole, 20, in her third year at the University, has been inspired to create the volume after her father’s diagnosis and treatment with three brain tumours.

Profits from the book, Slade The Sleepy Sheep, will be split between the national charity Brain Tumour Research and helping to support the family, following her father’s first diagnosis in 2003.

Since then, Richard has been fighting three brain tumours and undergone numerous surgeries and treatment.

Nicole, currently studying to become a primary teacher, said: “Seeing my dad being so poorly has really made me want to do something positive to help him and others like him. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“I will be donating 50 per cent of the profits of my book to this very worthwhile cause with the other half helping our family finances.”

Her dad was formerly a transport supervisor but, like many brain tumour patients, has been unable to drive since his diagnosis. He now works as a postman.

Richard was first diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering headaches. A scan revealed a tumour the size of a kiwi fruit. Although this was successfully removed, he has suffered two further recurrences and undergone a number of surgical procedures.

“At the moment my dad is doing OK although he has been left with epilepsy and disturbed vision. I wanted to do something to help so I set my mind to creating this book which I will be self-publishing,” said Nicole.

In the book, Slade the sheep is too sleepy to go to school but when his parents eventually convince him he must go, he discovers a whole world of adventures and new friends. Slade the Sleepy Sheep tries to address the anxiety that some children may encounter, before going to school, in order to encourage their enthusiasm to go.

Slade the Sleepy Sheep is priced £6.00 and can be purchased online here.

Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research. We admire Nicole’s creative approach to help her dad and others like him. Help us fund the fight.Together we will find a cure.”

Brain Tumour Research helps fund an annual £1m programme of research at its Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth. Further partnerships announced last year pave the way for a £20m investment in brain tumour research over the next five years.