Milton Keynes charity to host seven Walks of Hope to help find a cure for biggest cancer killer of the under 40s
Seven years after the first one, a local charity is to host seven Walks of Hope in September as it strives to find a cure for brain tumours – the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40.
The Brain Tumour Research charity, whose headquarters are in Shenley Wood, has organised a popular Walk of Hope along the Grand Union Canal for the last six years on the last weekend of September. This year, six Walks of Hope will take place simultaneously during the morning of Saturday 29th September, while a seventh will have already taken place along the Bridgwater and Taunton canal on Saturday 8th September. This will coincide with a canoeing challenge being organised by one of the charity’s newer Fundraising Groups, appropriately named Canoeing for a Cure.
Other Walks of Hope are in the Rising Sun Country Park in the heart of North Tyneside; along the Portsmouth Seafront (the city which boasts Brain Tumour Research’s first of four well-established Centres of Excellence); following ‘a wee bit’ of the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond; in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as a memorial to brain tumour patient David Hetherington (the inspiration for another new Fundraising Group, Power of David); and in Litherland along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
With a choice of completing 5.5 miles or 11 miles, the Grand Union Canal Walk of Hope once again invites participants to arrive at the Three Locks pub in Stoke Hammond from 9.30am for registration and bacon sandwiches before setting out to walk along the towpath to The Grove Lock pub outside Leighton Buzzard. Walkers will then be able to picnic or enjoy lunch and refreshments at the pub and, if they are feeling energetic, walk back to The Three Locks.
The registration fee is £15 for individuals and £20 for families. All walkers will receive a medal for being part of the charity’s fantastic Fighting Force and are welcome to bring dogs, as long as they remain on leads.
Jane Barltrop of Harlington, near Luton, who has set up a Fundraising Group under the Brain Tumour Research umbrella called Fluffy Cloud and Co, said: “I had a lovely day last year completing the Walk of Hope along the Grand Union Canal. I came with my two daughters Alice and Emma and my daughter’s partner Chris, and we walked in memory of my husband Peter (Alice and Emma’s dad), thinking also of my sister Anne who also had a brain tumour (from which she sadly passed away in February this year). We met lots of other families affected by brain tumours who were enjoying a beautiful day amid gorgeous scenery, while fundraising for a worthy cause.”
Michael Thelwall, Head of Community Fundraising for the Brain Tumour Research charity said: “This is always a popular event for us as the whole family can get involved, which is why this year we have decided to give our supporters in other regions of the UK the opportunity to also experience the fun of a Walk of Hope!
“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 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.”
“We would encourage anyone that would like to take part, to get in touch.”
To register go to www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge and click on Grand Union Canal Walk
For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at the Brain Tumour Research charity on 07811 068357 or firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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.