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Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin says woman fighting brain tumour Laura King an 'inspiration'
Enfield’s Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin says a woman who is fighting a brain tumour is an “inspiration.”
Laura King from Gordon Road in Chase Side was diagnosed with the slow-growing tumour after she suffered a seizure in April.
However, the 35-year-old, who works for UK Sport – the body that supports Olympic and Paralympic athletes – refused to miss out on London 2012, so postponed surgery until this week.
Since her diagnosis, she has raised more than £7,000 for The National Brain Appeal by organising sponsored bike rides and runs.
Her charity efforts have also worked to get her as fit as possible for this week's operation.
Double gold medalist in the dressage, Charlotte Dujardin, who was born in Enfield, said: “I was touched to learn of Laura’s dedication to the 2012 Games and so pleased to hear that she had the chance to enjoy the success of Team GB – I hope all those medals kept her busy.
“She’s an inspiration in how she’s managed to keep her fitness and continue to raise vital funds. I, and all the dressage team, wish her well with the surgery and recovery process – we’re right behind you.”
Mrs King has named her tumour Terry and has started a campaign called Taming Terry for the brain appeal, the charity which raises money for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Russell Square.
The 35-year-old, who is married to husband Paul, said: “Obviously for six months now I have known that I needed to have brain surgery.
"I’ve had incredible support from family, friends and colleagues and everyone has really embraced the Taming Terry campaign. It’s kept me busy and helped keep my mind off the surgery.”
She said the campaign gives her a reason to keep going and win her personal battle while helping others in their fight against brain tumours.
To visit Mrs King's charity page, click here.