Devoted uncle who died at 107 left £245,000 for new scanner to help treat his great-great-niece’s brain tumour

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AN UNCLE who died aged 107 left his entire £245,000 life savings to help fund a scanner to treat his great-great-niece’s brain tumour.

David ‘Stanley’ Brackenbrough’s legacy has been used to fund a third of the £800,000 machine.

David'Stanley' Brackenbrough’s legacy has been used to fund a third of the £800,000 machine to help treat his seven-year-old great-great-niece Isabelle Smith
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David ‘Stanley’ Brackenbrough’s legacy has been used to fund a third of the £800,000 machine to help treat his seven-year-old great-great-niece Isabelle Smith[/caption]

David with Isabelle
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David with Isabelle[/caption]

The army-veteran’s gift to Sheffield Children’s Hospital will give Isabelle Smith, seven, detailed results on a benign tumour she got as a baby.

The current placement of the growth means it is inoperable and Isabelle attends scans every 12 months to monitor progress in case the tumour becomes aggressive.

The new scanner may open up the possibility of it eventually being removed if necessary.

Isabelle’s mother Loran Smith, 33, said Stanley loved the little girl so much during the final years of his life – and knew everything about her condition.

She said: “It was very important to him to help.


“Stanley told my mum – his niece – he might leave something to the hospital but we had no idea it would be such a large amount.

“I am so proud of what he has done and how many people he will be able to help.”

Stanley, who was born on September 8 1909, sadly passed away on February 27 2017 aged 107 in Sheffield General Hospital.

Stanley, who was born on September 8 1909, sadly passed away on February 27 2017 aged 107
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Stanley, who was born on September 8 1909, sadly passed away on February 27 2017 aged 107[/caption]

Isabelle's mother Loran Smith, 33, said her great-uncle Stanley loved the little girl so much during the final years of his life - and knew everything about her condition
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Isabelle’s mother Loran Smith, 33, said Stanley loved the little girl so much during the final years of his life – and knew everything about her condition[/caption]

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