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

We’re saying thanks this National Volunteers’ Week

This week, we’re celebrating those who give their time to support Brain Tumour Research.  

In the UK, more than 21 million volunteers dedicate their time and skills to support charities and causes they care about. We are lucky to have an amazing team of volunteers who are passionate about helping to find a cure for brain tumours. Without them our work would not be possible.

All week, we’ll be sharing their stories and what volunteering means to them.

Among the volunteers we rely on are Lorraine White and her 24-year-old granddaughter Shannon Moore. Lorraine started volunteering at our head office back in 2012, to give something back after Shannon had been diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma brain tumour when she was nine years old. You can read Shannon’s story here.

Lorraine said: “Shannon’s most recent craniotomy in 2014 resulted in her losing the sight in her right eye and she has very limited ‘letter box’ vision in her left eye. Shannon now walks with a white cane and has a Labrador retriever guide dog called Indy, who helps her remain independent.

“Despite living with long-term difficulties as a result of her brain tumour diagnosis, I am so proud of her, and particularly proud that she graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in music and sound technology.

“Shannon and I both volunteer at Brain Tumour Research to give something back. Our tasks often involve sending out merchandise to the charity’s supporters to help them with their fundraising, along with other volunteers. I just love working with the team. People are so nice. It makes me happy to see us making a difference.

Shannon, pictured with Lorraine and mum Paula, said: “The rewarding aspect of volunteering is how much I have seen the charity grow since I first volunteered during my school summer holidays back in 2013. Witnessing the increase in donations over the years has been a real privilege and I enjoy being treated as part of the team and being welcomed as a staff member.”

The family are also committed fundraisers and have raised close to £9,000 to help support our work.

If you’d like to become a Brain Tumour Research volunteer, please click here to find out more and register your interest.

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