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

Musical evening strikes the right chord for Brain Tumour Research

Musical evening strikes the right chord for Brain Tumour Research

An evening of pan-Europe entertainment will help to fund vital research focussed on finding a cure for brain tumours.

The event, at St Richard’s Church, Ashburnham Road, Ham, this Saturday, 25th November, is being organised by resident Penny Frost who knows a number of people affected by the disease.

Councillor Frost, who represents Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside, on Richmond Council, said: “This is such a devastating disease which, unfortunately, is indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age. We have a wonderful line up of entertainment and hope people will be generous in their support of the charity Brain Tumour Research.”

Doors opening at 7pm. Entertainment will include aerialist Maisie Whitehead, cabaret artist Becky Moult, and musicians including Gemma Kateb, Stephen “Mojangles”, plus jazz duo Mood Indigo.

Among those attending will be Twickenham resident Philip Scard who is undergoing treatment following surgery to remove a brain tumour and Robin Meltzer, Director of Fundraising at Brain Tumour Research.

Robin said: “We are extremely grateful to Penny and all involved in organising what promises to be a wonderful evening of entertainment raising funds for vital research.

“Brain tumours 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 dreadful disease.

“Money raised from this event will give hope to patients and their families through the world-leading research taking place at the network of Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence including two in London, at Imperial College and Queen Mary University of London.”

No tickets are required for the event, for more information please contact Penny at frostp@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 020 8940 2941.

 

For further information, please contact:
Susan Castle-Smith at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867206 or 07887 241639 or Susan@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 are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.

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 charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.

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
  • 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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