Who we are
In Sue’s Name is a charity founded in 2014 by David Taylor in memory of his beloved daughter Sue Blasotta, who died in 2011 of brain tumours.
Born on 15th March 1968, Sue was devoted to her husband Joe and their children Sasha and Daniel. She adored her career, first in recruitment with Reed Employment and then caring for children and parent contact at a local school St Ignatius College. But she was also passionate about raising funds for cancer research, having lost several family members to the disease including her Grandma and Grandad. She took part in five 5K Race For Life runs at Trent Park in North London, as well as completing a sky dive — despite being scared of heights.
She was diagnosed with three lesions on the brain on 26 November 2010 and died just six weeks later on 8 January 2011, facing death with tremendous courage while leaving two young children without a mother. Over 800 people attended her funeral.
Brain tumours are especially tragic as they tend to strike young people. David was shocked to find that, although brain cancer is a bigger killer of people under 40 than any other form of cancer and that incidence is rising by 2 per cent a year, brain tumour research accounts for less than 1 per cent of Government funding. David knew two other families imn the same parish. who had suffered a similar loss, the two young people were in the same hopsital as Sue, and was determined to honour Sue’s memory and legacy by campaigning to change that.
In Sue’s Name has attracted a wonderful group of patrons: Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool; former Lord Chamberlain Lord Camoys; entertainer Don Maclean KSS MBE; Peter Coates, Chairman of Bet365 and Stoke City FC; actor and comedian Steve Coogan; and Sir Tom Farmer CVO, CBE, KCSG, FRSE, DL, former chairman founder of Kwikfit Kwik-Fit.
The charity has a Board of Trustees and a smaller Executive Committee to run it day to day. The heart of In Sue’s Name, though, is our dedicated team of fundraisers and administrators — many friends and family of Sue, or of another victim of this terrible disease we’re determined to fight.