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The latest news from The Brain Tumour Charity about our work and what our amazing supporters are doing to raise vital funds for us.

Haine & Smith
Launch of Haine & Smith partnership to promote HeadSmart
Today we were delighted to launch a partnership with Wiltshire based optical group, Haine & Smith, to promote our HeadSmart campaign. (Thursday 24 July).
 
Not long left to vote
Not long left to vote to help save children’s lives
You have until midnight on Wednesday 23 July to vote for HeadSmart, our symptom awareness campaign for childhood brain tumours, in the National Lottery Awards 2014.
 
Martin Kemp visits HQ to show support for HeadSmart
Martin Kemp visits HQ to show support for HeadSmart
It’s been an incredible day for HeadSmart, our symptom awareness campaign for childhood brain tumours. (Tuesday 15 July)
 
Thank you to Hays
Thank you to Hays for an amazing first year
Hays have beaten their fundraising target for the first year of their corporate partnership with us by raising £110,000.
 
Making our voice heard in Westminster
Making our voice heard in Westminster
On Tuesday 1 July we joined with supporters, researchers, and clinicians in Westminster for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on brain tumours, which connects MPs and peers with the brain tumour community.
 
Launch of University of Leeds research programme
Launch of University of Leeds research programme
Friends, supporters, researchers and Trustees joined together yesterday for the official launch of our pioneering new £3million brain tumour research programme at the University of Leeds.
 
Calling for better cancer care across Europe
Calling for better cancer care across Europe
The Brain Tumour Charity’s chief executive joined dozens of campaigners calling for better cancer care at a Europe-wide conference.
 
National Lottery Awards
Vote now to help save children’s lives
We are delighted to announce today that HeadSmart, our symptom awareness campaign for childhood brain tumours, is in the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2014, competing against six other projects for public votes in the Health category.
 
Thank you Mel
Mel Giedroyc wins for The Brain Tumour Charity on Catchphrase
A huge well done and thank you to the The Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc, who won £5,800 for us in the Catchphrase celebrity special on ITV last night! (Monday 23 June)
 
Mind Pong
Unique mind-controlled game inspires Westfield London shoppers
Yesterday we were thrilled to bring a truly unique mind-controlled game to the public at Westfield London with our partners, M&C Saatchi. (Tuesday 17 June)
 
Launch of services in Wales
Support services in Wales launched at the Senedd
Yesterday, over 120 people, including 13 members of the Welsh Assembly, attended the launch of our support services in Wales. (Thursday 5 June).
 
Katy Holmes Trust
The Katy Holmes Trust becomes funding partner
Katy's legacy offers hope to brain tumour patients as the charity set up in her memory will help fund a pioneering research programme working with The Brain Tumour Charity
 
Parliamentary Reception
Celebrating the future
On Tuesday 20 May we held a reception at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the recent unprecedented investment in research that we have driven.
 
Brilliant Minds
The Brain Tumour Charity unites top international researchers
Today and tomorrow we’re bringing together over 50 of the world’s most prominent brain tumour researchers and thought leaders for our Brilliant Minds International Symposium in Westminster, London. (Tuesday 20 May).
 
DIPG link with rare condition
Uncovered: DIPG link with rare condition affecting skeleton
Researchers have uncovered a link between one of the deadliest types of childhood brain tumour and an extremely rare condition affecting the human skeleton. The connection could lead eventually to the development of new drug treatments for children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumours. (Wednesday 7 May).
 
Cancer Research UK announcement
Shoulder to shoulder in the fight against brain tumours
We are delighted that Cancer Research UK will focus on brain tumours as part of its new research strategy (Tuesday 29 April).
 
HC-One Care Homes support Bandana Day
Biggest ever Bandana Day at HC-One Care Homes
An incredible 2,784 residents and team members at HC-One Care Homes took part in Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day on Friday 7 March, making it the biggest single Bandana Day ever seen and raising thousands of pounds!
 
The London Marathon
London Marathon ballot closed - now apply for our places
The ballot for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 closed in a record 9 hours 50 minutes, having opened at one minute past midnight on Tuesday 22 April. Whether you entered the ballot or not, it's now time to apply for one of our places.
 
The London Marathon
Winning peformance at the London Marathon
On a sparkling spring day in the capital, The Brainy Bunch took the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 by storm. (Sunday 13 April)
 
Good luck runners
Good luck to our amazing London Marathon runners
We’re wishing a huge GOOD LUCK to our 92 inspirational runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon! (Friday 11 April)
 
Dr Chris Jones
Breakthrough on high grade glioma genetics
Funded by The Brain Tumour Charity, Dr Chris Jones at the Institute of Cancer Research has deepened our understanding of childhood high grade gliomas. (Wednesday 9 April).
 
APPG on brain tumours
Making your voice heard on quality of life
Patients and families shared their experience of brain tumours with politicians from all parties yesterday at a meeting in parliament (Wednesday 9 March).
 
Tom Daley goes global
Tom Daley goes global for The Brain Tumour Charity
Inspired by tens of thousands of our amazing fundraisers, our Patron Tom Daley set himself the challenge of completing not just one, but six extreme challenges to raise money for us.
 
Improving our understanding of treatment for children
Improving our understanding of treatment for children
A clinical trial jointly funded by The Brain Tumour Charity and Cancer Research UK has shown that children with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) may respond differently to treatment depending on their age. (Monday 1 April 2014).
 
Ed Jones
Message from Ed for Brain Tumour Awareness Month
Ed Jones, one of our amazing supporters, tells us about his positive attitude and his goals. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2012. (Wednesday 26 March 2014).
 
Launch of worldwide clinical trial database
A drive to match brain tumour patients with clinical trials around the world is launched today on The Brain Tumour Charity’s website. (Friday 28 March 2014).
 
Thank you
We like your #nomakeupselfie – thank you for donating
A massive thank you to everyone who's donated to us via text following the #nomakeupselfie and #‎manupandmakeup trends on social media over the last few days (Sunday 23 March).
 
AMRC award
Fifth award in a row for HeadSmart
The Brain Tumour Charity has won another prestigious award for HeadSmart, our campaign to reduce unacceptable diagnosis times for childhood brain tumours. (Tuesday 18 March).
 
Gill Parry
Message from Gill for Brain Tumour Awareness Month
Gill, who runs The Brain Tumour Charity Dave Parry Fund, tells the story of her husband who tragically lost his life to a brain tumour in 2012. (Wednesday 19 March 2014).
 
What can we do better?
Tell us what you think of our website
Please help us to understand why people visit our site and whether it meets your needs and expectations by completing our simple online survey. It’s completely confidential and takes less than 3 minutes. (Monday 17 March 2014).
 
Sacha and Toby Langton-Gilks
Message from Sacha for Brain Tumour Awareness Month
We’d like to show you a new video by Sacha Langton-Gilks, the lead Community Champion for our HeadSmart campaign. She tells the tragic story of her son DD who lost his life to a brain tumour aged just 16. (Thursday 13 March 2014).
 
Bandanas for Brain Tumours
Thank you for getting the country buzzing for #BandanaDay
Thank you to every one of you for playing your part in Bandanas for Brain Tumours today, whether you raised money and awareness by holding a day or taking part in one. (Friday 7 March).
 
Gideon Burrows
Watch live panel discussion on low grade brain tumours
You can watch an expert panel discussion on understanding, treating and living with low grade and benign brain tumours live on our website
 
Prof Steve Clifford
Potential new drug target discovered
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity has identified a gene in medulloblastoma brain tumours that could be a target for new treatments. (Thursday 6 March).
 
The Research Impact Report
The Research Impact Report launch
Today, the first day of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, we are launching The Research Impact Report. The report highlights the progress we are making to improve the quality of life and survival rates of people with a brain tumour. (Saturday 1 March 2014).
 
New clinical trials
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity helps lead to new clinical trials
Professor Peter Collins’ work on a cancer-causing ‘fusion’ gene called BRAF has helped lead to new clinical trials for pilocytic astrocytomas, the most commonly occurring brain tumour in children.
 
James Walsh
HeadSmart teams up with Hampshire County Council
The Brain Tumour Charity has teamed up with Hampshire County Council in a new effort to save young lives, with more than 170,000 HeadSmart symptom cards being distributed to schools and GP surgeries across the county.

(Tuesday 18 February 2014).
 
Programme launch
Ground-breaking £10million funding announcement
We are proud to announce unprecedented £10million funding for three pioneering research programmes. The programmes mark the start of a new era of research into brain tumours and aim to accelerate our progress towards defeating both adult and childhood brain tumours. (Friday 14 February 2014).
 
IIC show
Meet our incredible volunteers at the IIC Show
We’re at the IIC Show in Manchester, GMEX, today and tomorrow with some of our Ambassador Volunteers in the North and Midlands (Friday 14 February).
 
A Night For Jon Brookes
A Night For Jon Brookes raises over £130k
We are delighted to announce that A Night For Jon Brookes at The Royal Albert Hall on October 18 2013 has raised a total of £130,584 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
One month to go
One month to go until Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day
It is just a month until Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day on Friday 7 March. Sign up to hold a day and join our nationwide brain tumour awareness campaign – together we can get the whole country on our side.
 
Toys
Geoffrey the Giraffe marks launch of Toys “R” Us partnership
Toys “R” Us mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, was on hand yesterday for the launch of the retailer’s partnership with our HeadSmart: Be Brain Tumour Aware campaign in Poole (Thursday 30 January).
 
HeadSmart meeting in Whitehall
Health Minister supports HeadSmart
Health minister Jane Ellison met with The Brain Tumour Charity and Public Health England today to discuss ways to raise awareness of childhood brain tumours with families and GPs (Tuesday 21 January).
 
Iona Atkins
New research funding for pioneering MRI technique
Today The Brain Tumour Charity and children’s charity Action Medical Research are co-funding Professor Andrew Peet at the University of Birmingham to develop Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy – a new technique to give us more insight from MRI scans of children’s brain tumours. (Wednesday 15 January)
 
Leanne with her daughter, Abigail
The Brain Tumour Charity supports ‘Sharing data saves lives’ campaign
We are supporting a campaign backed by more than 40 leading medical research charities and organisations to raise awareness of the life-saving importance of sharing data from patient records with researchers.
 
Jon Redding, pictured with his daughter, sadly lost his life to a brain tumour in 2012
We're urging healthcare professionals to make tackling brain tumours their New Year Resolution
A major new report from The Brain Tumour Charity highlights major limitations in the quality of care and information being given to people living with brain tumours and their carers.
 
Suzanne Shaw
Catch The Brain Tumour Charity on prime time TV this weekend
This weekend (Sat 4 January and Sun 5 January) we're being represented on prime time television by Patrons and high profile supporters who are raising funds and awareness for us on a national stage.
 
Research
New trial for potential vaccine launched
The Brain Tumour Charity welcomes the trial of a potential vaccine for glioblastomas, the most common, malignant form of brain tumour.
 
HeadSmart team accept QiC award
HeadSmart continues successful run with national cancer award win
The Brain Tumour Charity and its partners the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Health Foundation have continued an extraordinary run of success by winning the Quality in Care Cancer Charity Initiative of the Year for the early diagnosis campaign HeadSmart: be brain tumour aware.
 
GP stethoscope
Brain tumour symptoms being recognised too late by GPs
A strong media response has followed the release of information by NHS England on GP practices and patient outcomes that indicates there is still much work to be done to ensure people who show the signs and symptoms of brain tumours are identified and diagnosed as early as possible.
 
Tom Daley supports The Brain Tumour Charity
Supporting our Patron, Tom Daley
Today we’re immensely proud to support our Patron, Tom Daley, following the important video he posted on his YouTube channel earlier today (Monday 2 December 2013).
 
STAR for Harris
STAR for Harris supports HeadSmart throughout Scotland
Scottish charity STAR for Harris has donated £10,000 to HeadSmart, our campaign to reduce unacceptable brain tumour diagnosis times in children.
 
HeadSmart Toys
Toys ”R” Us launches HeadSmart partnership
Toy megastore Toys ”R” Us is joining forces with The Brain Tumour Charity's HeadSmart campaign to help reduce unacceptable diagnosis times for childhood brain tumours.
 
Chemotherapy delivery breakthrough
Ground-breaking discovery on chemotherapy delivery
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity at The University of Nottingham has discovered that a substance originally designed to help mend broken bones could be successful in delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to the brains of patients suffering from a brain tumour.
 
Graph of data
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity leads to new clinical trial
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity into high grade gliomas, the most common type of malignant brain tumour in adults, has led to a new clinical trial for patients over 70.
 
Graph of data
Survivors of childhood brain tumours can suffer reduced IQ and clinical apathy
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity and conducted by Dr Howard Ring and his team at the University of Cambridge has shown that long-term survivors of early childhood brain tumours often have reduced IQ and an increased risk of significant clinical apathy compared with their siblings who were not diagnosed with a brain tumour.
 
Dr Steve Pollard
Potential brain tumour drug can distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones
A potential new drug, already in clinical development, can stop brain tumour cells growing while leaving healthy cells alone, according to new research published in PLOS ONE.
 
A Night for Jon Brookes
A truly special night for Jon Brookes
At the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 18 October, The Charlatans played a gig in celebration of their drummer Jon Brookes who tragically lost his life to a brain tumour in August. They were joined by Liam Gallagher, James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers, The Chemical Brothers, members of New Order and The Vaccines for a truly special concert in front of 5,000 fans.
 
Charity Times Awards
The Brain Tumour Charity wins with HeadSmart again
For the second time in three weeks, we are delighted to have won a prestigious award for our HeadSmart campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children. The Charity Times Award was announced at a ceremony in London last night (Wednesday 16 October).
 
No Pasaran
No Pasarán prepares to open in Bournemouth - tickets still available
An original new musical called No Pasarán opens this Thursday 17 October at the De La Salle Theatre in Southbourne, Bournemouth. It is raising funds for The Simon Gaynor Fund and tickets are still available.
 
The Twilight Walk
Hundreds unite to stamp out brain tumours at The Twilight Walk
Five hundred walkers and volunteers came together in Windsor on Sunday 6 October for The Twilight Walk. The event, organised by The Brain Tumour Charity and held for the very first time, has raised over £67,000 for research so far.
 
Professor Richard Grundy
Pioneering scanning technique gives doctors potential new insight
Research conducted at the University of Nottingham and funded by The Brain Tumour Charity has shown that a scanning technique called magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) may help doctors diagnose and monitor childhood low grade gliomas by providing key information on how the tumours are likely to change following diagnosis.
 
Jon Brookes
Full line up announced for The Charlatans gig to celebrate Jon Brookes
James Dean Bradfield, Liam Gallagher and friends, members of The Vaccines and New Order, The Chemical Brothers and Dumb have been confirmed to play alongside The Charlatans at a gig to celebrate the life of Jon Brookes on Friday 18 October in London.
 
Viv McBeth
The Brain Tumour Charity nominated to win Bank of Scotland funding – please vote
We need your vote to win a Bank of Scotland Community Fund award of £3,000. The money would provide comprehensive support and information to people affected by a brain tumour in Ayrshire, Scotland.
 
Third Sector Award
The Brain Tumour Charity wins Third Sector Excellence Award for HeadSmart campaign
Last night (Thursday 27 September) at a ceremony in central London, we were delighted to win a Third Sector Excellence Award in the Charity Partnership category for our HeadSmart campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children.
 
Suzanne Shaw
Suzanne Shaw becomes a Patron of The Brain Tumour Charity
We’re thrilled to announce that Suzanne Shaw, the Dancing on Ice star who shot to fame with her band, Hear’Say, is now supporting The Brain Tumour Charity as a Patron.
 
Gideon, Anna and Dave
Could you contribute to a new book about low grade brain tumours?
Our supporter Gideon Burrows is writing a new book about living with a low grade brain tumour diagnosis. He is seeking low grade brain tumour patients, former low grade patients and their loved ones to share their experiences with him for possible inclusion in the book as short case studies and quotes.
 
The Charlatans concert poster
The Charlatans announce Royal Albert Hall show in aid of The Charity
The Charlatans and SJM Concerts have announced details of a very special night at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 18 October in memory and celebration of Jon Brookes. The Charlatans drummer died last month, aged just 44, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010.
 
Great North Run 2013
Bumper weekend of fundraising for The Brainy Bunch
September 14 – 15 2013 saw one of the busiest weekends of fundraising ever seen by The Brain Tumour Charity with hundreds of people joining the fight against brain tumours by running, walking, cycling and holding events.
 
Funding for future research leaders
The Brain Tumour Charity is pleased to announced a new research co-funding partnership with the Medical Research Council, the government funder of medical research, which will create a number of Clinical Research Training Fellowships.
 
Remember a Charity Week
Angela Rippon joins The Brain Tumour Charity to mark Remember a Charity Week
Presenter and journalist Angela Rippon joined the Founders of The Brain Tumour Charity yesterday (Monday 9 September) in London to mark the start of Remember a Charity Week 2013.
 
Sarah Lindsell Dominic Raab Sacha Langton-Gilks
MPs call for action at Westminster debate to support HeadSmart
Health minister asked to help roll out the campaign across the country with three simple steps. Dominic Raab MP for Esher and Walton, who led the debate, was joined by HeadSmart Community Champion, Sacha Langton-Gilks (pictured far right), who lost her son, DD, to a brain tumour last August.
 
Quality of life survey
Tell us about your quality of life following a brain tumour diagnosis
If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, or if you care for someone with a brain tumour, we would like to hear from you through a survey we have developed.
 
HeadSmart in Parliament
Parliament to debate HeadSmart rollout into schools and homes
The Brain Tumour Charity’s award-winning awareness campaign, HeadSmart, is to be discussed in a debate at Westminster to encourage action at central and local government level to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
 
Support and Information survey
Support and Information survey launched - we need your views
At The Brain Tumour Charity we are passionate about making a difference for people affected by a brain tumour. To help us achieve this aim, we are currently seeking the views of patients and carers who have come into contact with our charity and used the services that we provide.
 
Team Sharman
Two star supporters from Northwich
Eileen and Stephen Sharman from Northwich have raised thousands of pounds for The Brain Tumour Charity over about ten years. In this feature, we share some of their fundraising ideas so others can be inspired too.
 
Spice Festival
Street food festival raises thousands
Street Spice @ Life, a street food festival held in February and March, has raised over £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
HeadSmart at Communiqué
HeadSmart highly commended at Communiqué Awards
The Brain Tumour Charity’s HeadSmart campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children was highly commended at the prestigious Communiqué Awards on Thursday 4 July 2013.
 
Denise Sheer and her team
Research breakthrough on the development of brain tumours
Different brain tumours can come from the same cells of origin but acquire different genetic characteristics along the way according to research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
Hays partnership launch
Hays launches two year fundraising partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity
Today, Monday 1 July, the leading recruiting expert Hays launched a two year fundraising partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity. The goal of the partnership is to raise over £100,000 to fund a world-class research Centre of Excellence.
 
The Brain Tumour Charity leads way in tackling lack of research funding
The Brain Tumour Charity leads way in tackling lack of research funding
A report in the news is again highlighting the lack of funding for vital research into brain tumours. The Brain Tumour Charity is tackling this head on with record investment and ambitious plans for the future.
 
Moore Stephens
Moore Stephens concludes 18 months of fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity
City accountant Moore Stephens today presented The Brain Tumour Charity with a cheque for £63,170.20 after 18 months of fundraising by staff in their London office.
 
Government continues backing for the Charity Research Support Fund
Government continues backing for the Charity Research Support Fund
In the Government Spending Review this week, we were pleased to see the Chancellor pledge his continued support for the Charity Research Support Fund, which is worth about £200m a year.
 
Maria Winchester
East Sussex County Council gets behind HeadSmart
East Sussex County Council has agreed to distribute HeadSmart symptoms cards from The Brain Tumour Charity to schools in the county, ensuring that parents, carers and teachers are all aware of the symptoms of a brain tumour in a child and can get the appropriate medical attention if required.
 
HeadSmart launch
The Brain Tumour Charity’s HeadSmart campaign announces further success two years after launch
The awareness campaign, launched in June 2011, is designed to reduce the time it takes doctors to diagnose a brain tumour in children and young people. Two years on, the campaign has announced that diagnosis times have come down for the second year in a row.
 
Song for DD
Song for DD launched
A charity single has been released, recorded by serving UK prisoners, who were touched by the story of 16 year-old David “DD” Langton-Gilks, who battled a brain tumour for five years. ‘Song for DD’ is a moving tribute to the brave teenager.
 
BBC Panorama investigation
Response to BBC Panorama documentary on Dr Stanislaw Burzynski
Yesterday, Monday 3 June 2013, BBC One screened a Panorama investigation into antineoplaston therapy, an alternative cancer treatment developed and provided by Dr Stanislaw Burzynski in Texas.
 
New statistics published
Brain tumour statistics published
The latest statistics collated by Cancer Research UK show that in 2010 over 9,000 people in the UK were diagnosed with a primary tumour originating in the brain, other CNS or intracranial site and that an estimated 445,000 such tumours are diagnosed each year world-wide.
 
Flipping the switches on childhood brain tumours
Flipping the switches on childhood brain tumours
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity at the Institute of Cancer Research and the University of Cambridge has identified potential targets for new treatments in childhood glioblastoma and medulloblastoma tumours. 29 May 2013
 
Sainsbury's branch
Nominate The Brain Tumour Charity at your local branch of Sainsbury’s
Branches of Sainsbury’s across the country are currently choosing charities to support during the next year. Please nominate us in your local shops – in store and online – and ask everyone you know to do the same.
 
NCIN report
Response to the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) ‘Routes to Diagnosis’ report
The Brain Tumour Charity welcomes The National Cancer Intelligence Network’s report on ‘Routes to Diagnosis’, released today (Thursday 2 May), and the attention it brings to the delays in diagnosis of young adults and the important issue of diagnosis pathways. We support the National Cancer Intelligence Network’s calls for further investigation to understand why these delays occur and what can be done to reduce them.
 
Hays
Hays staff begin voting for their Charity of the Year – The Brain Tumour Charity in the running
The Brain Tumour Charity has been shortlisted by the recruitment company, Hays, to find their next Charity of the Year. We now need your help to win the staff vote.
 
Vaccine against brain tumours shows promise in early trials
Vaccine against brain tumours shows promise in early trials
News of positive results in an early trial of a vaccine designed to increase survival times in adults diagnosed with recurrent glioblastoma brain tumours was released on 1 May 2013 by researchers at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons scientific meeting in New Orleans.
 
London Marathon 2013
The Brainy Bunch triumphs at the 2013 Virgin London Marathon
The sun shone brightly on the 36,000 runners at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21 April 2013, as well as the 60+ runners who ran to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
Record research announcement
The Brain Tumour Charity announces record £1.5million research investment
The Brain Tumour Charity has today, Wednesday 27 March 2013, announced £1.5million funding into 10 world-class projects across the UK in a bid to understand brain tumours and ultimately cure them.
 
Brain tumour lecture in London
Brain tumour lecture in London
The Brain Tumour Charity hosted its inaugral lecture into brain tumours by Dr Colin Watts on March 21st as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
 
Research breakthrough
Stem cell reprogramming research breakthrough
Researchers funded by The Brain Tumour Charity are publishing findings this week in the journal “Genes & Development” of their investigations into glioblastoma.
 
Firewalk
Fundraisers walk on fire for research
A brave group of fundraisers took part in a Firewalk at Rushmoor Fire Station in Hampshire on Wednesday 20 March to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. With temperatures reaching 1200°F underfoot it was a truly exceptional challenge.
 
HeadSmart in Parliament
34 MPs pledge support to The Brain Tumour Charity's HeadSmart Campaign at Westminster
Yesterday, Tuesday 19 March 2013, The Brain Tumour Charity took the HeadSmart campaign to Parliament to tell MPs about the urgent need to increase awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children amongst health professionals and parents.
 
Brain Tumour UK
The Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour UK announce merger
Following a unanimous decision by both of our boards, we are delighted to announce that The Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour UK have now merged as one organisation.
 
Street Spice festival in Newcastle
Street Spice festival in Newcastle
Today, Saturday 2 March, is the last day of the Street Spice festival in Newcastle organised by Sachins restaurant in memory of musician Kuly Ral who sadly died from a brain tumour last year. The event is raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
Buffet charity dance in Musselburgh
Buffet charity dance in Musselburgh
Our supporter, Mary Malcolm, is holding a buffet charity dance on March 23 2013 at the Eskmill Function Suite in Musselburgh.
 
AllTrials petition
AllTrials petition
The Brain Tumour Charity is pleased to be supporting the AllTrials petition. The initiative is calling for all clinical trials to be registered and data to be published.
 
The Brain Tumour Charity welcomes HEFCE announcement
The Brain Tumour Charity welcomes HEFCE announcement
Earlier in February, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published its annual grant letter. It includes funding of £198m for the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) – the same total as last year.
 
HeadSmart wins major NHS Innovation award
HeadSmart wins major NHS Innovation award
We are delighted to announce that the HeadSmart campaign, launched in June 2011, has won a prestigious NHS Innovation Challenge Prize worth £100,000 in the Earlier Cancer Diagnosis category.
 
Wiltshire County Council helps the HeadSmart campaign raise awareness
Wiltshire County Council helps the HeadSmart campaign raise awareness
Wiltshire County Council have agreed to distribute HeadSmart symptoms cards, ensuring that parents, carers and teachers are all aware of the symptoms of a brain tumour in a child and can get the appropriate medical attention.
 
Bracelet
The Brain Tumour Charity friendship bracelet – now available to buy
We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the jewellery company Silver Republic to produce a stunning friendship bracelet. For every bracelet sold, Silver Republic will donate £2 to The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
Silver bar
Silver bullion bar raffle to raise funds for research
Our supporter, Kevin, has been helping us raise funds for research by holding a series of raffles. The prize each time is a beautiful 200g silver bullion bar. The current raffle ends on January 8 and tickets are £2.50 each.
 
Day with England
Getting to know the England rugby team
In October we nominated a series of young people who have been personally affected by a brain tumour for the Sky Sports Dreams Come True award. We were delighted when we heard that our supporter, Rafe Walker, had won a prize.
 
Gala Dinner
Gala Dinner celebrates fifteen years of The Brain Tumour Charity
On Friday 30 November the Cavalry and Guards Club hosted The Brain Tumour Charity’s fifteenth anniversary Gala Dinner. The event was held to celebrate The Charity’s past achievements and breakthroughs, as well as to raise money for new research projects.
 
Potential new combination therapy for glioblastoma multiforme
Potential new combination therapy for glioblastoma multiforme
With the support of The Brain Tumour Charity, researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have discovered a potential new combination therapy for glioblastoma multiforme. This high grade tumour frequently develops drug resistance and has a very poor prognosis but this result offers the potential of an effective treatment.
 
Glioma Conference 2012 – sharing brain tumour research
Glioma Conference 2012 – sharing brain tumour research
In October The Brain Tumour Charity was pleased to sponsor and attend the third annual Glioma Conference. It was co-organised by Professor Paolo Salomoni, Programme Lead at our UCL Centre of Research Excellence, and Professor Silvia Marino of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
 
Hannah
Award-winning night at the Third Sector Awards
Congratulations to our amazing supporter, Hannah Louise Jones, for scooping a prestigious Third Sector Award for Volunteer of the Year.
 
Angela and Tom
Tom Daley and Chris Hollins confirm Gala Dinner attendance
We are delighted to announce that The Brain Tumour Charity Patron and Olympian Tom Daley will be attending our Gala Dinner on Friday 30 November and taking part in a Q&A. He will be joining BBC presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Chris Hollins who is hosting the event.
 
Response to court ruling on mobile phone use and brain tumours
Response to court ruling on mobile phone use and brain tumours
Concern about mobile phones causing brain tumours – however no strong evidence that there is any link.
 
Paul Monk
Great North Run success
Eleven runners represented The Brain Tumour Charity at the Great North Run on Sunday 16 September, raising an amazing £5000 for world class brain tumour research.
 
Response to the NCIN ‘Routes to Diagnosis’ report
Response to the NCIN ‘Routes to Diagnosis’ report
More brain tumours diagnosed via emergency presentation than any other cancer with a significant negative impact on survival times.
 
Remember A Charity Week
Remember A Charity Week
Remember A Charity Week takes place from 17 – 23 September 2012. The Brain Tumour Charity are very proud to be part of the consortium who are working together to make legacy giving a social norm.
 
Team leading the UK medulloblastoma trial
International research and collaboration
A busy summer saw two major international conferences in Canada. The 19th International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy (also known as the Asilomar Meeting) was held on 21 – 24 June, and the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO) was held in Toronto from 24 – 27 June.
 
Nottingham researcher
Paediatric research breakthrough
Research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity at The University of Nottingham has identified three sets of genetic markers that could potentially pave the way for new diagnostic tools for a deadly type of brain tumour that mainly targets children.
 
Fleet cricket raffle
Fun in the sun at celebrity cricket day
The weather was kind to our Cricknic on Sunday 19 August as Darren Gough led the fundraising efforts for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Alex Bolt and Simon Massey.
 
David at his prom
Sad news about David Langton-Gilks – HeadSmart inspiration
We are deeply saddened to hear that David (DD) Langton-Gilks, an inspirational supporter of the HeadSmart campaign to reduce diagnosis times of childhood brain tumours, has this morning lost his battle with cancer. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with DD’s family and friends.
 
SDBTT staff at old office
The Brain Tumour Charity moves to Farnborough
After 15 years we bid a fond farewell to Yateley as we move to larger offices in Farnborough to accommodate our growing staff and plans for the future of brain tumour research, fundraising and support.
 
Family Day
The Brain Tumour Charity Family Day
Mix a bunch of kids together, throw in some parents, a great location and a whole lot of mud and what do you get? The annual Family Day from The Brain Tumour Charity, that’s what!
 
HeadSmart 10K
HeadSmart running team raise valuable funds at British 10K
A team of runners headed to London to take part in the British 10K to raise funds for our HeadSmart campaign!
 
Bolt cheque presentation
Alex Bolt research fellowship
The Brain Tumour Charity Alex Bolt Fund, one of our dedicated support groups, recently presented a cheque for £85,000 to fund The Alex Bolt Research Fellowship
 
Brain tumour lobby
Parliamentary Brain Tumour Lobby 2012
Brain tumour patients and carers and staff from The Brain Tumour Charity joined a mass lobby asking MPs to join them in the fight against brain tumours.
 
Yateley 10k
Rain no deterrent for our 10k runners
A team of 10k runners braved torrential rain to raise vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
BNOS 2012
National conference brings hope for the future
The Brain Tumour Charity team recently attended BNOS, the annual conference of the British Neuro-oncology Society. This year’s conference entitled ‘Challenges and Controversies’ was held in Manchester and saw a range of world-class brain tumour research presented, including work funded by The Brain Tumour Charity.
 
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