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

Rotarians raise thousands for Brain Tumour Research

Rotarians raise thousands for Brain Tumour Research

The Rotary Club of Cotswold Tyndale has raised thousands of pounds for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research in memory of the club president’s son.

John Stanton, 70, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, president of the club for 2016/17, chose Brain Tumour Research as the club’s Charity of the Year, after losing his son Alan to an aggressive brain tumour in 2015. Alan was just 30 years old and left his wife Lucy and five-month-old son Joshua.

The club raised nearly £6,000 through hosting a number of fundraising events over the last year, which included a Valentine’s Day dance, frog racing and a charity golf match. All funds raised will go towards vital research to find more effective treatments, and ultimately, a cure for brain tumours.

John said: “Alan was a wonderful son, father and friend and always remained upbeat and positive that he would beat the tumour. It’s a sad fact that brain tumours can affect anyone at any time but no-one knows what causes them. 

“Raising money for such a worthy charity will hopefully increase awareness of this awful disease and draw attention to the vital research that needs to be conducted to find a cure. I’m just grateful Alan got to spend time with his son before his life was cut short.”  

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. 

Carol Robertson, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Alan’s are heart-breaking   and we are extremely grateful to John his wife Jean and the club for raising such vital funds to help us find a cure.”

To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research go to https://www.braintumourresearch.org/donation 


For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or lexie.dabney@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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