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Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years

Accountants’ efforts add up to thousands for Brain Tumour Research

Accountants’ efforts add up to thousands for  Brain Tumour Research

An accountancy firm has donated £8,500 to the Brain Tumour Research charity after a year of fundraising at their City of London offices.

Lubbock Fine Chartered Accountants chose to support Brain Tumour Research throughout 2018 after learning that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

The schedule of activities included everything from bake sales and dress-down-Fridays to a triathlon and a 12-hour spinathon as part of the charity’s On Yer Bike campaign. Bryony Marsden, Head of HR, was motivated by the diagnosis of a close friend. She said: “Brain tumours impact patients’ lives in so many devastating ways which is why I wanted Lubbock Fine to choose Brain Tumour Research as it’s charity of the year for 2018.

“It’s been a fantastic year of fundraising; all the employees have been so engaged and motivated to contribute which has been incredible. Many of us didn’t know much about brain tumours but after hearing the statistics and how underfunded research is, there was huge impetus for us to support the charity. One man even asked for donations instead of birthday presents.”

Added to the fundraising taking place at Lubbock Fine, 34-year-old Bryony took on a 55km walk in August and a mile-long open water swim in September, adding £3,272 to the company’s total.

Janice Wright, community fundraising manager at Brain Tumour Research in London, said: “Well done to all the staff at Lubbock Fine for their year of fundraising. We are extremely grateful for their donation which will help the charity to fund sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence in the UK. With their support, we are also campaigning for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately to find a cure. We’re calling for an annual spend of £35m in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.”

To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research, go to: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/donation/donate-now

 

For further information, please contact:
Farel James at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867221 or 07592 502708 or Farel.James@braintumourresearch.org

 

Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours, and we are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer.

We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.

We welcome recent funding announcements for research into brain tumours from the UK Government and Cancer Research UK – £65 million pledged over the next five years. However, this potential funding of £13 million a year comes with a catch – money will only be granted to quality research proposals and, due to the historic lack of investment, there may not be enough of these applications that qualify for grants from this pot.

We want research funding parity with breast cancer and leukaemia. We are calling for a £30-35 million investment every year for research into brain tumours in order to fund the ground-breaking research needed to accelerate the translation from laboratory discoveries into clinical trials and fast-track new therapies for this devastating disease.

The Brain Tumour Research charity is a powerful campaigning organisation and represents the voice of the brain tumour community across the UK. We helped establish and provide the ongoing Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Brain Tumours (APPGBT) which published its report Brain Tumours A cost too much to bear? in 2018. Led by the charity, the report examines the economic and social impacts of a brain tumour diagnosis. We are also a key player in the development strategy for the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. 

Key statistics on brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age
  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • Historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours
  • In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia
  • Brain tumours kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
  • Brain tumours kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers

Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source when using this information. Additional facts and statistics are available from our website. We can also provide case studies and research expertise for the media.

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