Family feature in TV anti-smoking campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:31 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010

A FAMILY from Meldreth are playing a leading role in a new anti-smoking campaign. Television advertisements will tell the story of Trudi Endersby, 43, who is dying from lung cancer. It also includes her children, Kirsti, 20, and Kia, 11, talking about dea

A FAMILY from Meldreth are playing a leading role in a new anti-smoking campaign. Television advertisements will tell the story of Trudi Endersby, 43, who is dying from lung cancer. It also includes her children, Kirsti, 20, and Kia, 11, talking about dealing with their mother's illness. The Government campaign was launched on Monday and will run for six weeks. Mrs Endersby was 38 when she was diagnosed with pancoast tumour, a rare type of lung cancer which is inoperable. She has now developed a secondary tumour on her brain, causing dizziness and headaches, with surgery unlikely to be successful. Her doctors have warned Mrs Endersby that it is unlikely she will survive more than two years. Daughter Kirsti said: "My family and I have to live with the consequences of smoking every day. "For us it's too late to undo the damage caused, but I just hope our ads help to encourage those who do still have a second chance to take it and give up smoking for good. "I'm an ex-smoker so I know how difficult it can be to quit, but I also know what it's like having to plan your own mother's funeral and help prepare your little sister for a life without her mum. "Nothing is more difficult than that.

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