Golf tournament to fund research into brain tumours
A keen golfer, who lost his dad to a brain tumour, has organised a tournament to fund research into the disease.
Daryll Harris, a quality director at Lymington Precision Engineers, will host his employer’s annual golf day at Hamptworth Golf and Country Club. Taking place on 13th July 2018, the event will be the largest in the Wiltshire course’s calendar and will raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Daryll, a 44-year-old Christchurch resident, said: “I am honoured to be organising the Lymington Precision Engineers annual golf day for the third time and to fundraise for this worthy cause. My ultimate hope is that brain tumours can be cured and, by organising this event and raising awareness, we are one step closer to achieving this.”
Daryll’s dad, Winston Harris, was enjoying retirement in St Austell, in Cornwall when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour aged 69. Sadly, he died in March 2015 just weeks after his diagnosis, leaving behind his wife, Anne, who still lives in St Austell, son, Daryll, daughter in law, Karen and two young grandchildren, Daniel and Charlotte.
Daryll has already raised over £6,000 for the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We really appreciate Daryll’s support and wish him the best of luck for his fundraising event. The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.
“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and stories like Winston’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. Sadly, less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity, visit: www.braintumourresearch.org/donation/donate-now
For further information, please contact:
Annie Slinn at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867239 or 07591 206545 or Annie.Slinn@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.