Ashford couple set to ride 100 miles for brain tumour cure
The brain tumour deaths of two friends have inspired an Ashford couple to cycle 100 miles and raise money to help find a cure for the disease.
Shocked by the prevalence of brain tumours and the lack of funding which is allocated to research into a cure, Stefan Arthur, 35, and Lisa Samuel, 28, are taking on RideLondon in aid of the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Stefan, who works as an accountant at housing provider A2Dominion, said: “After training on Leith Hill, I’ve realised the enormity of the challenge before us, but it’s going to be fun and I’m very excited for the challenge.”
His partner, Lisa, who also works at A2Dominion in Stanwell as a care co-ordinator, said: “Nervous and scared is an understatement on how I’m feeling but the thought of achieving this massive goal, and knowing how proud we will feel, trumps those negative feelings!
“Seeing two people suffer from brain tumours was dreadful and it shocks me that so many people are going through the same experience. I hope we exceed our target and inspire others to fundraise too.”
Aiming to raise at least £500 for the charity, Stefan and Lisa are among 24 cyclists supporting the charity by taking part in Prudential RideLondon, described as “the world’s greatest festival of cycling.” Some 25,000 are expected for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive which will set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London on Sunday 29th July before heading through the capital and out into the Surrey countryside and returning to the finish on The Mall.
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 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.
Tim Green, Senior Community Fundraising Manager at the Brain Tumour Research charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stefan and Lisa for their support and wish them all the best for the race. For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.”
Make a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity via Stefan and Lisa’s JustGiving page.
For further information, please contact:
Farel Williams at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867221 or 07592 502708 or Farel.Williams@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 basic research groundwork 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). We are supporting the crucial APPGBT 2018 Inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours and will publish their report in the autumn. We are also a key influencer 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
- 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.