Wear a Hat

Register now for Wear A Hat Day!


Join us for the return of the UK's premier brain tumour awareness event -Wear A Hat Day 2016 on Thursday 24th March! This year is set to be bigger, bolder and hattier, so join in and help to support long-term, life-saving research to move us ever #CloserToACure.


Register now to receive your free fundraising pack, which includes everything you need to start putting together your perfect Wear A Hat Day event! You can also visit our Hatter’s Workshop page for all your hatty extras; Posters, Quizzes, Hat-templates, Merchandise ... It’s all there and ready to help you help us make 2016 a hat-record year!

Working together, we can make this year's Wear A Hat Day truly amazing! 


On Yer Bike for Brain Tumour Research: Fantastic new nationwide challenge for 2016! 

On Yer Bike for Brain Tumour Research is a national spinnathon event, taking place at the end of February 2016.

Leading budget fitness gym chain Xercise4Less – known as ‘the people’s gym’ – is the national sponsor for On Yer Bike 2016 and will be holding epic 12-hour static-bike fitness challenges in each of their 35 branches across the UK on Saturday 27th February. We want you to join in!

Could you lead or join a team of 6 or more? Then get in touch with Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising, on 07817 878407 or email carol@braintumourresearch.org to register your interest and find out more.

Don't worry if there's no Xercise4Less gym near you -- On Yer Bike can be held in any gym or fitness centre!

Find out more about this exciting event here




Brain Tumour Research Petition

117,000 and growing!

New e-petition prompts government action. But we need your help too.

Following an e-petition started by Maria Lester, with the support of Brain Tumour Research, the House of Commons Petitions Committee decided to look into the issue of funding for brain cancer research.

As a direct result of the incredible and unprecedented attention given to our e-petition, the Petitions Committee has agreed to schedule a debate centred around how to fund more research into brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. 

The Petitions Committee will publish a special report into their findings making recommendations for the government to respond to. The Committee will schedule a debate after its report has been published and announce the date for the debate.

Help us to keep promoting this. 

Let’s show the government that we must put a stop to the underfunding for research into brain tumours. Please click, sign and share!

This official government petition is on a secure site - your data is safe and you will not get spam emails about signing other petitions etc as a result of signing this form. The site also allows you to see which areas in the UK are getting the most signatures - the map on this page highlights the popularity of regions around the UK.

Signing takes just a few minutes of your time - but it could make a lifetime of difference to someone with a brain tumour in the future. Together we will find a cure.



It's Me

We share the personal stories behind the devastating statistics as patients, parents and loved ones detail their brain tumour experiences. 

Launch of the Grand Challenge with Dr Hadwen Trust 

On 3rd December, we were proud to launch the Grand Challenge in partnership with the Dr Hadwen Trust at our flagship Research Centre of Excellence in the University of Portsmouth.

We were thrilled to be joined at this exciting event by many supporters, patients and scientists, all eager to share their experiences and help make a real difference to the future of brain tumour research.

The Grand Challenge is raising funds for a specific research project into crossing the blood-brain barrier, which stops most standard cancer drugs from treating brain tumours. The three-year project will cost £180,000.

Professor Geoff Pilkington, lead scientist within the Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group at the University, gave a fascinating talk on how this ground-breaking research is to be conducted, using a unique "all human" 3D model of the blood-brain barrier. It is hoped that the success of this project will help reduce the need for animal testing in medical research in the future, and make significant advancements in the treatments available for brain tumour patients. 

The Grand Challenge has already attracted support from actor Peter Egan (pictured above left, alongside Prof Geoff Pilkington, right), seen recently in ITV’s gritty drama Unforgotten, and actress Anna Chancellor (Kavanagh QC and Four Weddings and a Funeral). 

Could you and your friends, family or colleagues raise a grand to help us cross the blood-brain barrier?
Find out how you can get involved here!


Official Launch of Fourth Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence 

On 25th September, patients, carers, scientists, clinicians and charities from across the UK gathered in London for the launch of our fourth Centre of Excellence, in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. The centre joined our three others based at Queen Mary University of London, and universities at in Portsmouth and Plymouth.

The new centre was chosen after a rigorous selection process including international peer review. While existing centres are led by neuroscientists, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s is the first in the charity’s network to be headed up by a pioneering brain surgeon, Mr Kevin O’Neill:

“We must fight this disease until we have a cure and we remain committed to doing all we can to improve outcomes for patients.

As a brain surgeon, it’s my job is to go in and remove brain tumours, but I know all too well that this isn’t enough to remove the cancer. Working with a team of researchers, we are exploring novel treatments to halt brain tumour cell invasion into healthy brain tissue.

I am delighted to be working with Brain Tumour Research to help push forward scientific frontiers to bring us closer to a cure.”

The research and fundraising partnership between Brain Tumour Research and the Trust aims to raise £1 million a year towards new studies involving clinicians at the Trust’s neuro-oncology unit at Charing Cross Hospital and working with scientists from Imperial College London.

The occasion also saw the unveiling of a new Wall of Hope. Each day of research costs £2,740 and is represented by unique tiles on the wall which are dedicated to patients, their families, friends and corporate supporters. (Find out more about our Walls of Hope here)

The event gained considerable attention in the media and was featured by BBC London, BBC Norfolk and Charity Today.

A huge thank you to all our supporters who made the day possible. We are now over half-way towards our aim of creating a network of seven dedicated research centres. 

Together we will find a cure. 

To donate £5, text RSCH01 £5 to 70070



The iKnife: A new era for the treatment of brain tumours

In its first patient trial, run by the scientists at the forefront of our Research Centre of Excellence at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the iKnife has successfully proven its ability to accurately identify brain tumour tissue. This offers real-time analysis and therefore, immediate treatment options. The whole process takes a couple of seconds and is entirely non-invasive. 


"Advances in brain tumour surgery such as this are very exciting and gives hope to the thousands of patients and their families diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.


"We are proud to be partnered with Kevin O’Neill and his pioneering team who are leading our Brain Tumour Research Centre at Imperial College. Our mission is to build a network of experts in the field of brain tumour research to improve outcomes for patients and ultimately find a cure. This technique and forthcoming trial will bring us a huge step forward in achieving our aims." Brain Tumour Research Chief Executive, Sue Farrington Smith.


Read more about the iKnife trial and advancements here.


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