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

Research Centre opens doors to supporters

Brain Tumour Research has welcomed supporters back to its Centre of Excellence at the University of Plymouth for the first time since the pandemic began.

Patients, their families and friends, and those who have lost a loved one were invited to tour the labs, see the cutting-edge research taking place and speak to scientists about their work to find a cure for the disease.

They were joined by our Patron, Caprice Bourret (pictured with patient Heather Turner), who herself was diagnosed with a meningioma in 2017 – one of the brain tumour types which is the focus of research at Plymouth. She revealed during the event that her latest scan showed she was now five years clear of the disease.

Also attending the event was Benjamin Mee, owner of Dartmouth Zoological Park, who lost his wife Katherine Carnegie to a brain tumour, and Stuart Elford, the CEO of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

Supporters also placed tiles on our Wall of Hope, with each tile representing the £2,740 it costs to sponsor a day of research at one of our Centres.

Among them was Charlotte Reid, who lives with the life-changing effects of her brain tumour treatment. Alongside her parents, Angie and Steve, Charlotte placed 12 tiles representing the 12 days of research they are sponsoring.

Brain tumour patient and mum-of-three Katie Galan-Wilkinson made a touching tribute as she dedicated one of her tiles to her beloved children, Sofia, Hugo and Mario. Since her diagnosis, Katie has organised and taken part in a whole host of fundraising activities, including our 10,000 Steps A Day in February challenge, Walk of Hope and Wear A Hat Day with Flowers.

Also honouring their loved ones were the family and close friends placing tiles in memory of Emma Bullous; Heather Turner whose tile was in memory of her mum who was instrumental in Heather’s recovery after treatment for a low-grade tumour; and the parents and friends of James Pullen who died in December 2015, aged 28.

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