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

Teacher turned boxer dealing brain tumours a blow

A primary school teacher turned novice boxer is preparing to step into the ring in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

It’s Sophie Gualda-Wallace’s second bout to raise funds for the charity after she took up boxing five years ago. Last September, she raised £1,300 to help find a cure.

Now she’s pulling on her gloves for her next white collar fight which will take place in front of at least 2,000 people tomorrow (Friday 18th November). Sophie has already raised nearly £800 and speaking on London Live earlier this week said she is supporting the charity because brain tumour research is “criminally underfunded”.

Sophie said: “I was looking for a charity to support and, because I’ve known of quite a few people who’ve died of brain tumours, extended family members and family friends, Brain Tumour Research jumped out at me.

“I also know that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and young people under the age of 40 and that there’s a huge lack of funding in this area, with just 1% of the national spend on cancer research having been allocated to the disease, and I wanted to do what I could to help.”

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