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

Challenge of a lifetime will honour mum

A man’s fundraising is set to reach new heights as he prepares to trek to K2 Base Camp in Pakistan to help find a cure.

Saadat Mumtaz will be joined by his two sons, Sinan and Hashim, as he sets out to reach K2 Base Camp – the world’s second highest mountain – on 8th July. The trio’s ascent will see them trekking across the Baltoro Glacier, passing four 8,000m mountains on the way, eventually reaching K2’s Concordia Base Camp, which sits at an eyewatering 5,100m.

Their epic fundraising quest is in aid of two charities: Brain Tumour Research in memory of his late mother Saeeda Bano, and Parkinson’s UK in honour of his 84-year-old father, who was diagnosed with the disease 22 years ago.

Saeeda died on 16th January 1988, aged 34, five years after she had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Saadat said: “After our mother’s diagnosis, she spent every moment caring for me and my four siblings – something I understand now. She realised she wasn’t going to survive the disease and I find it hard to comprehend that even now, treatment options for people diagnosed with a brain tumour are limited.”

The team (pictured left to right, Hashim, Saadat and Salim) will be heading to the Sarfaranga Cold Desert North of Skardu (ranked as the world’s highest and coldest desert) at the end of this month to acclimatise to the high altitudes they will face as they take on one of the highest peaks in the world, second only to Mount Everest.

To support Saadat, Sinan and Hashim’s incredible fundraising efforts, please donate via their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/saadat-mumtaz1

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