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Christmas Appeal

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Donate to our Christmas Appeal and Let's Keep Research Going

This year, Covid-19 has put our work in jeopardy; the loss of funds for research could undo all the advancements we’ve made over the last decade.

This Christmas, please support our work and spread hope with a donation to our annual Christmas Hope Tree Appeal.

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Christmas Hope Trees

You can also share a personal message with your donation that can appear on a special ‘bauble of hope’ and displayed on one our special Christmas Hope Trees at our Research Centres.

Your message could be a memory of a loved one, in support of someone diagnosed with a brain tumour, or a heartfelt thanks to our scientists for their tireless efforts to find a cure.

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Seven-year-old Lyra Cole (pictured here) has completed her bauble, sharing a wonderful message of hope for all affected by this devastating disease.

Lyra was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery to remove a low-grade choroid plexus papilloma tumour.

Lyra’s mum, Ellie, said: “Things turned out well for Lyra and we know that many others are not so fortunate. This charity has been very supportive and I know how hard they are working to find a cure for brain tumours. Please support them – together we can strive to offer a better future for all the children and adults affected by a brain tumour.”

Lyra is now fully recovered and leading an exciting life, topping the Christmas charts last year with a version of When A Child Is Born, and planning a new Christmas single for 2020!

Donate now to help other children like Lyra face a brighter future.

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Choose your Centre below:

Choose the Centre at which you’d like your bauble to be displayed by clicking one of the options below. Select your donation amount and complete the text box with your short message that you’d like written on your bauble and we’ll do that for you.

If you would prefer to handwrite your own message, you can download your bauble here, write your message and post back to us with your name and postcode.

Imperial College encompasses both surgical and research teams across two West London locations. The clinical team at Charing Cross Hospital is exploring ways to develop new tools, techniques and procedures in order to improve and optimise neurosurgery. Our research team based at Hammersmith is exploring how tumour cells get their energy, how to increase the efficacy of existing drugs, and how artificial intelligence might help devise more personalised treatments.

Choose Imperial College 

Professor Silvia Marino and her team are studying glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and common primary high-grade brain tumour in adults, as well as some rarer primarily childhood tumours such as choroid plexus. She said: "The sustainable model for funding research uniquely pioneered by the Brain Tumour Research charity is essential. Without continued funding, we can’t build on the discoveries we’re making. The awareness and donations brought about by Lyra and these appeals are vital.”

Choose Queen Mary University of London

Professor Oliver Hanemann leads multiple teams at the UK’s leading specialist research centre for low-grade brain tumours. The Plymouth Centre has developed a ‘fast-track’ process for screening new potentially therapeutic drugs using human brain tumour cell cultures.

Choose University of Plymouth

If you wish to make multiple donations and hang multiple baubles at the same or more than one Centre, just repeat the process mentioned above.

Thank you!

We are always humbled and touched by the messages of love, determination, hope and inspiration we receive at this time of year and are proud to display them as a symbol of strength and resilience against this devastating disease.

Please note: all the bauble messages will be on display in the public domain and images of the baubles and the messages may be used in Believe and other areas to illustrate and promote the appeal.

Messages received after 11th December will be displayed on baubles on the Christmas Hope Tree at Brain Tumour Research office in Milton Keynes.

If you have any questions or you'd like more information about our Christmas Appeal, please email us on or call 01908 867200.

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Help us build the UK's largest network of experts in sustainable brain tumour research and campaign for more investment nationally. Together we will find a cure.