Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Charity takes steps to help fund research into brain tumours
Nearly 90 walkers and their dogs stepped out in the autumn sunshine to raise thousands of pounds for Milton Keynes-based charity Brain Tumour Research.
Babies, toddlers, parents, patients, friends and relatives trekked along the Grand Union Canal with a common purpose. All have been affected by brain tumours and helped to raise over £13,000 to fund vital research into the disease.
Joining them along the picturesque 11-mile route was Robin Meltzer, Director of Fundraising at Shenley-Wood based Brain Tumour Research, who said: “This is always a popular event for us, and it was lovely to see so many old and new faces. Many of those taking part know only too well the upset a brain tumour diagnosis causes. There was a strong sense of fellowship and sharing of experiences on the day, which is a very positive thing.
“Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
“We really appreciate all those who took part in the walk, and it is an amazing amount of money to go towards research into the cause of brain tumours and improving treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure.”
The Grand Union Canal Walk started at the Three Locks pub in Stoke Hammond, where walkers treated themselves to bacon butties to start the day. The group then walked the 5 ½ miles to the Grove Lock pub, to enjoy a picnic or pub lunch.
At the end of the walk participants were able to enjoy a charity menu at the Three Locks and taste a specially created ale, "Hops for Hope", from The Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company. A percentage of both the menu and ale sales during the month of September will go to Brain Tumour Research.
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research go to: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/donation
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or Lexie.Dabney@braintumourresearch.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
- Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age
- Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.