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

Loughborough MP joins campaigners for Wear a Hat Day

Loughborough MP joins campaigners for Wear a Hat Day

Last Thursday was Wear a Hat Day in support of Brain Tumour Research and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan joined brain tumour campaigners by popping on a hat and raising awareness of the need for more research into the disease which is the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. 

Nicky, who met with constituents and listened to their own brain tumour stories, said: “I’m proud to support Brain Tumour Research on Wear a Hat Day, an invaluable time to raise both awareness and funds in the charity’s important work to beat this devastating disease.

“Many people right here in Loughborough have seen the pain and devastating effects brain tumours can bring to sufferers and their families. I’m sure that with the help of Brain Tumour Research we can take real steps forward in defeating this terrible cancer once and for all.


The annual Wear A Hat Day event has raised over a million pounds since it was launched by the Brain Tumour Research nine years ago. The money raised has gone on to fund important research that is taking place at the charity’s four Centres of Excellence, where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

Hugh Adams, Head of Media for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Nicky’s support on Wear a Hat Day. Every year in the UK 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. It’s crucial that we raise awareness and increase funding for research.” 

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

Among celebrity supporters of this year’s campaign is the businesswoman, model, actress and mum Caprice Bourret who underwent surgery to remove a low-grade brain tumour which was diagnosed a year ago.

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

#HATTASTIC

* 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 07952 502708 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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