Late Leeds fundraiser Jane’s appeal has got it taped

Amateur athlete and charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson at home in Rothwell in 2003.
Amateur athlete and charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson at home in Rothwell in 2003.
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The Leeds-based Jane Tomlinson Appeal today announced its support for groundbreaking work on a treatment that could improve the lives of thousands of cancer sufferers.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the appeal – originally set up by the late Leeds charity heroine whose name it bears – has now raised more than £7.5m.

And, as part of a series of initiatives to mark that milestone, it is making funds available for research at Leeds Beckett University.

In the final months before her death from cancer in 2007, Jane was assisted by physiotherapist Alison Rose and her use of Kinesiology tape – a sort of strapping that is favoured by many Olympic athletes.

The application of the tape helped lift the Rothwell mum’s ribcage, giving her organs – which had swollen during her cancer treatment – more space to move.

That in turn reduced her pain levels and relieved pressure on her stomach, restoring her ability to eat and drink.

Now Leeds Beckett scientists will examine whether the treatment could benefit other sufferers.

Jane’s widower, Mike, said: “When Jane died she left me with only two instructions, one was how to operate the washing machine and the second was when the appeal had raised sufficient money to instigate research for the use of Kinesiology tape on cancer patients.

“In the final few months, the major positive impact on her quality of life came not from drugs but from taping.

“The benefit was immediate and without any side effect. I am pleased that we are now in a position to be able to fund this project.”

Amateur athlete Jane raised £1.8m before her death.

Runs and other events backed by the Tomlinson family have since added millions more to the total.