Thank you for another year of inspirational support. Your loyalty is much appreciated and so important for our vital work.
Our tireless campaigning resulted in landmark impacts this year.
The Task and Finish Group that we were instrumental in bringing about, published its report in February – a culmination of year-long high-level reviews between charities, researchers and politicians, with important recommendations for increasing the impact of research into brain tumours.
This was followed quickly by a promise of £45 million for research over five years from the Government and Cancer Research UK, with a further £20 million from Government funds announced following the death of Tessa Jowell.
We kept up the pressure during the year, and in October we published a revelatory report exposing the hidden costs of a brain tumour, which contributed to the 2018 All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into the true costs of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Their final report, drafted by us, was launched at Westminster in November.
Wear A Hat Day 2018 was supported generously by our patron Caprice after recognising the importance of our research strategy and following her own diagnosis and treatment for a low-grade brain tumour.
And our stunning new summer fundraising campaign Wear A Flower Week was fronted by Danny Clarke, aka the BBC’s Instant Gardener, after he lost his sister to a glioblastoma brain tumour.
We were proud to announce the news in November that our pioneering partnerships with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Plymouth both entered their fifth years.
Our work at QMUL is pioneering ways to combat glioblastoma, which could lead to novel immunotherapy approaches for treating this aggressive form of brain tumour. And our team at Plymouth – one of Europe’s leading low-grade brain tumour research facilities – are working to identify new drugs and fast-track them into clinical trials, so that we can find new treatments for meningiomas, ependymomas and schwannomas, some of the most common brain tumours.
We will continue in 2019 with the strength, resilience, determination and courage that your support gives us to keep funding our research centres and campaigning work.
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