Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Eat, drink and be scary at charity Halloween Ball
A bereaved sister from Consett is hosting a Halloween Ball to help raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity.
The ghoulish event will see the Derwent Hotel in Allensford transform into a spooky, haunted house on Saturday 27th October, as revellers young and old arrive in their most terrifying costumes. Organised by Kerry Robson, husband Carl Robson and their daughters, Gracie, Ellie and Lauren, the ball will commemorate her brother Adam Forster who died from a brain tumour at the age of 42.
Adam, from Durham, was diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour after experiencing pins and needles in his arm. The tumour was inoperable and despite undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the farmer and keen hunting man died less than a year later in May 2014.
Kerry, Secretary for the Northumberland County Show, said: “It’s been four years since we lost Adam but he is still so dearly missed. I’ll never forget his strength, determination and bravery, and he continues to inspire me every day.
“My family and I have taken part in a variety of fundraising events in his memory and we’ve raised over £13,000 for the charity so far, but this will be the first time we do something on Halloween. It’s been a family effort, with my husband, daughters and my parents all helping to organise the event. We’re really looking forward to it and hope as many people as possible will come along and support us.”
Tickets to the Halloween Ball can be purchased for £25 and the price includes a three-course dinner. Guests can also look forward to live music by local band Soul Street, an auction and raffle, a tombola and a spooky photobooth.
Money raised from the event will go to Brain Tumour Research, which is funding dedicated UK Research Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure. Historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours and the charity is lobbying the Government and the larger cancer charities to increase this.
Matthew Price, community fundraising manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Kerry for organising the Halloween Ball in aid of the charity. She has raised an incredible amount for us so far and we really value her support.
“Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Adam’s story reminds us that we cannot allow this situation to continue.”
To purchase tickets to the Halloween Ball, please contact Kerry Robson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
- 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.