Daughter takes on abseil challenge after losing dad to brain tumour
After losing her dad to a brain tumour, one woman is taking on her fear of heights and abseiling down a 94m building to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
Lynda Goncalves, 42 from Seaford, East Sussex, is taking on the challenge of abseiling the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Saturday 9th September in memory of her dad, Dave O’Donoghue, who died from an aggressive brain tumour in 2007, a month before his 60th birthday.
She is aiming to raise over £300 for the charity to fund research into the 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. 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.
Lynda, said: “I’m terrified of heights, so an abseil will be a tough challenge for me. I felt it was really important to mark the 10th anniversary since his death and celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday.
“It’s a sad fact that brain tumours can affect anyone at any time but no-one knows what causes them. I hope my efforts will help raise awareness of this awful disease and draw attention to the underfunding of research which has gone on for far too long.”
The Spinnaker Tower is the highest building in the city, and offers breath-taking views of the Solent and beyond. Many of those joining Lynda on the abseil have also been affected by brain tumours and are participating in memory of a family member or friend taken by the disease.
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research said: “The money raised from the abseil will help to fund the work at our four Centres of Excellence, including our flagship centre at the University of Portsmouth. This is where world-leading research into the causes of brain tumours and improving treatments is taking place.
“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Dave’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We would encourage anyone that’s had their lives touched by this disease or would like to support the charity to get in touch and get involved.”
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Lynda’s JustGiving page, go to www.justgiving.com/lynda-goncalves
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
- 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.