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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year

Supporters helping researchers at Imperial College find a cure

Researchers at Imperial College, London, welcomed important visitors whose fundraising is helping them continue their work to find a cure for brain tumours.

Wendy Lamborne (pictured) from New Romney, Kent, has a 28-year-old daughter living with a brain tumour. Mum-of-one Melissa Ross, from Great Yarmouth, was just 24 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable low-grade glioma. Her tumour had an irreversible impact on her mobility and she is now unable to work.

Wendy organised a Wear A Hat Day event in March 2018 and two sponsored walks last year, including a Walk of Hope which coincided with Brain Tumour Research’s annual Walk of Hope campaign at the end of September. Together the family has raised around £3,700. Wendy was proud to place a tile on the Wall of Hope at Imperial dedicated to Melissa to sponsor the equivalent of a day of research.

Also at Imperial to find out more about the research taking place there from the laboratory bench to patient bedside – the tour includes hearing how clinicians in the lab work closely with neurosurgeons to improve outcomes for patients – was Jennie Brown. Jennie from Saffron Walden ran the London Marathon last year in memory of her friend Leah Maylin who died from a brain tumour in January 2018 at the age of 35.

As well as her marathon challenge, Jennie also had more than a foot of her hair cut off to increase her fundraising. She raised a massive total of more than £8,500 and, last Thursday, during Brain Tumour Awareness Month, accompanied by her husband Ben, Jennie placed three tiles on the Wall of Hope honouring Leah’s memory and signifying the equivalent of funding three days of research.

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