Christmas Hope Tree Appeal
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
Please donate this Christmas to help us get closer to a cure
Thanks to supporter donations, we’ve already made significant research breakthroughs this year.
We’re only able to make discoveries now because of the unique way we fund long-term, sustainable research.
But the work is not over and we are planning to invite applications for a new Research Centre of Excellence next year!
How to donate to our Appeal
If you are on our mailing list, you will get an Appeal letter from us.
But if you don't want to wait (or are not sure if you're on our mailing list), then you can donate to our Christmas Hope Tree Appeal right now – just follow these simple steps below:
- Choose which Research Centre you’d like to support from the three below – each one has a short summary of the research they are doing right now
- On arriving at the Centre donation form, choose your amount
- Add an optional short message of hope in the box called, Share your message of hope here (see below also)
- On the next page, complete your personal details, tick the Gift Aid box (if applicable) and then choose your donation method
By making a donation to our Christmas Hope Tree Appeal, you'll support vital research and spread hope for the future so that fewer families face the devastation of a brain tumour diagnosis.
Baubles of Hope
If you share a personal message with your donation, we’ll write out your bauble for you and send it to your chosen Centre to join all the other baubles on their Hope Tree.
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.
For more information or to make your donation over the phone, please call us on 01908 867200 and we’ll be happy to help.
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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.
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 these appeals are vital.”
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.
The Plymouth team has a world-leading track record in researching low-grade brain tumours occurring in teenagers and adults. By identifying and understanding the mechanism that makes a cell become cancerous, the team are exploring ways to halt or reverse them.
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.
If you wish to make multiple donations and hang multiple baubles at the same or another Centre, just repeat the process above.
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 20th December will be displayed on the Christmas Hope Tree at Brain Tumour Research office in Milton Keynes.