Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Dad’s brain tumour diagnosis inspires son to smash fundraising target in charity cycle challenge
A father’s brain tumour diagnosis inspired his son to complete 100-mile cycle ride and raise over £1,300 for pioneering charity, Brain Tumour Research.
Ben Hall, aged 28, from New Haw in Surrey, was among 24 cyclists riding for the charity in the Prudential RideLondon event, which is described as “the world’s greatest festival of cycling.” Over 25,000 rides turned out for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive, which set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London on Sunday 30th July, heading through the capital and out into the Surrey countryside and then returning to the finish on The Mall.
Ben’s dad Terry was diagnosed with a brain tumour the day before his 60th birthday party last year. Despite ongoing treatments, he is still involved in the family business.
Reflecting on the event Ben said: “It was a tough race, but I really enjoyed it and smashing my original target of £500 and raising over a £1,000 for a charity which is so close to my heart, is amazing. I hope my efforts will help raise awareness of this awful disease and draw attention to the under-funding of research which has gone on for far too long.”
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. The charity is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research in Surrey, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Terry’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Ben and to all our riders for their support and congratulate them on an amazing achievement.”
Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast and leukaemia, in order to advance treatments, and ultimately find a cure.
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK focused on funding sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours. We are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.
We are campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia. The charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.
Key statistics on brain tumours:
- Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
- They kill more children than leukaemia
- They kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
- They kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
- Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
- In the UK 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
- Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers
- Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.