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

Children at St Andrew’s put their Hats on for Brain Tumour Research!

Children at St Andrew’s put their Hats on for  Brain Tumour Research!

Children and teachers at a local primary school have donned hats of all colours, shapes and sizes to raise funds for scientists working to find a cure for brain tumours.

St Andrew’s C of E Primary School in Furnace Green, Crawley, joined many others across the country to get involved in Wear A Hat Day which took place on Thursday 29th March across the UK.

Children at the school designed and made their own colourful Easter bonnets to wear on the day, all in aid of raising awareness and money for the charity through donations to participate in an Easter Bonnet parade. 
 
The St. Andrew’s community has been inspired to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research as a number of families connected with the school have been affected by brain tumours in recent years. 

Deborah Packham, headteacher, said: “I am delighted that the children at our school have used their creativity in support of this worthy cause. This is one of the ways we can demonstrate our school value of love to those within and beyond our community.
 
Wear A Hat Day has raised over a million pounds since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago and is the culmination of Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. The big day will see schools, workplaces, families and individuals across the UK fundraising and taking part in fun events to raise awareness of brain tumours and help fund life-saving research.

Brain tumours 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. Funds raised through Wear A Hat Day 2018 will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK.

Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age. We are extremely grateful to everyone at St. Andrew’s C of E Primary for getting involved and hope people will be inspired to hold their own events. It’s as easy as wearing a hat and making a donation!

To get involved, or donate, please visit: www.wearahatday.org or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5*

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* Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Brain Tumour Research receives 100% of your donation. Obtain the bill payer’s permission. Call 01908 867200 with any queries. 


For further information, please contact:
Farel Williams at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867239 or 07592 867239 or Farel.Williams@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 have established a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, over £6 million was raised towards research and support during 2017.

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 unprecedented success of our 2015 petition led to the 2016 Westminster Hall debate and Brain Tumour Research taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research with the report being published in 2018.

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.

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

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