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

Hatty racegoers to help fund the fight against brain tumours

Hatty racegoers to help fund the fight against brain tumours

Racegoers will help to raise awareness of brain tumours as Wetherby Racecourse backs the Brain Tumour Research charity’s national fundraising campaign.

For the eighth year running, Wetherby Racecourse is joining in Wear A Hat Day to help fund the fight against brain tumours. As the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event, Wear A Hat Day sees individuals, families, schools and workplaces across the country donning their hats for the cause, and racegoers are leading the way in Wetherby.

On Friday 29 March the racecard will include a special Wear A Hat Day race and there will be prizes for the most hat-tastic headpieces as well as a raffle and a collection at the exits. Michelle Campbell, sales and marketing manager at Wetherby Racecourse, said: “Wear A Hat Day is a regular fixture here and we’re all looking forward to our eighth annual event. Racegoers come along is their most fabulous hats and help us to raise awareness of brain tumours and also vital funds towards research.

“We team up with a local brain tumour related charity called Will’s Way which sends volunteers to help with the collection and raffle, then all proceeds are split between the two charities. It’s an extremely important cause and we hope we can raise £2,500 so please come along and join in the fun!”

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 yet, historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Wear A Hat Day has raised over a million pounds since Brain Tumour Research was launched 10 years ago and is the culmination of Brain Tumour Awareness month in March. Funds raised will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

Matthew Price, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in the North East, said: “Wetherby Racecourse has been a loyal supporter of Wear A Hat Day for eight years; we are extremely grateful and thank everyone who has helped to make the event a success.

“There are many ways to get involved with Wear A Hat Day, whether it’s going along to Wetherby Racecourse on Friday 29 or hosting a bake sale at work or school, everyone can help us fund the fight against this devastating disease.”

To get involved, or donate, please visit: www.wearahatday.org

Or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5*

#WearAHatDay

* 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.

 

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 ground-breaking research 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) which published its report Brain Tumours A cost too much to bear? in 2018. Led by the charity, the report examines the economic and social impacts of a brain tumour diagnosis. We are also represented on the Steering Group 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.

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