Our Member Charities
16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour every year
In 2004, an informal partnership of a number of UK brain tumour charities came together under the banner of the United Brain Tumour Campaign. These charities worked together raising awareness and to achieve a common goal to raise funds for research into the prevention and treatment of brain tumours, as well as ultimately finding a cure.
Each of the members was galvanised into action as a result of personal involvement with brain tumours, having realised that there is relatively little being done to support brain tumour patients or carers, or towards funding research into finding a cure, compared to other more high-profile cancers.
Today, Brain Tumour Research still supports and is supported by numerous official Member Charities from across the UK that are united with us under our national banner. We embrace these collaborations and welcome any and all new Member Charities.
Our collective voice carries greater weight in media coverage and adds weight to our political campaigning action. Our Member Charities are helping us build a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK.
Matthew’s Friends was set up by mum Emma Williams MBE in 2004 after her son Matthew had suffered from hundreds of seizures a week for seven years before taking part in a trial of the ketogenic diet. Within two weeks of starting the diet, Matthew’s
seizures had reduced by 90% and within eight months he was off all medication.
The charity specialises exclusively in medical ketogenic dietary therapies to control seizures. It supports patients, families and professionals by providing information, training, research and grants to develop ketogenic services and support systems for drug resistant (refractory) epilepsy, as well as other neurological and metabolic disorders and emerging cancer types.