Mother and son to trek Himalayas in honour of Nigel

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THE wife and son of a rocket scientist who died from a brain tumour have planned a fundraising trek to the Himalayas.

Philippa and Jamie Barber will be walking about 45 miles around the Indian mountains this September to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Philippa said: ‘Jamie and I will be staying in trekking lodges with no electricity, water, or toilets.

‘This is something I am doing in Nigel’s memory, to demonstrate that although a brain tumour killed my husband it hasn’t killed us or our spirit.’

On June 30, 2013 Nigel Barber died aged 58 after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour two years earlier.

Nigel and Philippa were due to fly to India for the holiday of a lifetime just one week before the illness struck.

Philippa, of Hamble, said: ‘Nigel was fit and healthy when out of the blue he had a major seizure.

‘He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was given a CAT scan.

‘There was no preparation for the worst moment of my life which was to follow.’

The holiday to India had to be cancelled and Nigel underwent surgery two weeks later before a gruelling programme of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Nigel worked at Airbus Space and Defence Ltd in Portsmouth building satellites as an assembly integration and test manager.

Remarkably, he was able to return to his job after his treatment up until the illness took a turn for the worse.

Philippa, said: ‘Nigel was so brave and fought all the way.

‘We had six brilliant months but his tumour did return in September 2012 and he went back for treatment.’

Nigel died the following year and Philippa decided she would make it to India, but with her son in memory of her husband.

She said: ‘This will be a very different trip from the luxurious adventure we had planned.’

‘We will be raising money for Brain Tumour Research as I want some real good to come out of what has happened.’

The pair are funding the trip themselves and are seeking donations for the national charity which helps fund a £1m research programme at the Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth dedicated to finding a cure for the disease.

Donations to the trek can be made via