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

Family touched by donations in memory of teenage son

More than £16,000 has been raised in memory of a teenager who lost his life to a brain tumour. 

Piers Muddle was first diagnosed with a medulloblastoma in 2011, aged six. He underwent the gold standard treatment at the time, but sadly relapsed in 2013, when his parents were told that his survival prognosis was poor. After nine years of fighting, Piers ran out of treatment options. He passed away on 20th May 2021, aged 15.

Before he died, Piers supported Brain Tumour Research by selling cards he had designed himself. His family and school have been raising funds to continue his legacy.

Stepping Stones School in Hindhead, which Piers attended, held a fundraising day doing things that Piers loved: a sponsored walk around the Devil’s Punchbowl, a National Trust property close to the school, and a cake sale. The memorial day raised more than £8,000.

And teachers Matt Peel and Matt Fuller took on a 152-mile cycling challenge, poignantly from Portland Island where Piers went on a residential trip to the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Piers received his treatment.

Piers’ mum Yvette said: “We are very touched that Stepping Stones organised a special memorial day for Piers, continuing Piers’ legacy of raising funds for Brain Tumour Research. We are also grateful to all those who have donated in Piers’ memory to our family fundraising page which combined with Stepping Stones’ magnificent efforts has a combined total of more than £16,000. With the help of more awareness and funds, we believe that further targeted treatment regimes can be discovered to cure this disease or indeed prolong lives like they did for Piers.”

If you have been inspired by Piers’ story, please donate via Yvette’s JustGiving page.

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