Schoolboys took on Ben Nevis in support of Brain Tumour Research
Four 13-year-old Hertfordshire schoolboys took on the challenge this weekend of climbing Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis to raise vital funds for research into brain tumours.
Good friends Abe Yantin, Jonah Horne, Malakai Shaffer and Ben Goodkind, who all met at primary school, were inspired by Malakai’s eight-year-old cousin Roi who was diagnosed with a brain tumour and is currently undergoing treatment to try and beat the disease.
Abe from Elstree, Ben and Jonah from Bushey, and Malakai from Radlett, have raised over £1,600 for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research, which is dedicated to funding research into the devastating disease.
The climb up Ben Nevis is the second mountain they have climbed as part of the tough Three Peaks Challenge. Last year they climbed Snowdon in Wales and next year it will be the turn of the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.
Jon Yantin, who is Abe’s father, said: “This challenge was all the boys’ idea and was a real physical challenge. They really do see themselves as fortunate to be healthy teenagers and able to enjoy an incredible range of sporting and cultural activities. There are children out there that are not so lucky and struggling with physical and mental challenges, which means they can’t do what the boys can. We are really proud of what they have achieved.”
Carol Robertson, Community Fundraising Manager (South) for Brain Tumour Research, said: “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 devastating disease.
“We are extremely grateful to Abe, Ben, Jonah and Malakai for supporting us and our work. This is a tough challenge and they should be really proud of what they have achieved. The money raised by the boys will help to fund the vital work at our four Centres of Excellence around the country, where world-leading research into the causes of brain tumours and improving treatments is taking place.”
The sum raised will be split between Brain Tumour Research and OCD Action, a charity which also is close to the boys’ hearts, supporting children with problems ranging from OCD to anxiety.
To make a donation to the boys Ben Nevis climb go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abe-ben-jonah-malaki-walking-team you can also make a direct donation to Brain Tumour Research here https://www.braintumourresearch.org/donation
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or firstname.lastname@example.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.