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BBC Lifeline Appeal

The Brain Tumour Charity is delighted that Nicki Chapman will be presenting the BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of The Charity, to showcase all of the support we offer and to raise funds to help us move further, faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour.

The 10-minute film will broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 17 September at 14:05 and again on BBC Two at 08:50 on Tuesday 19 September. Don’t worry if you miss it! You will also be able to watch the film on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC Lifeline Appeal features three amazing people from the community – Ravi, Alan and Mel – who share their personal stories about the impact of a brain tumour diagnosis and and the support The Brain Tumour Charity has provided to them. You will also hear from Dr Ola Rominiyi about his research into high-grade brain tumours, funded by our generous supporters.

Please watch and donate to our BBC Lifeline Appeal. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of under 40s. With your help, we can cure this disease faster.

Nikki Chapman filming the appeal by a fountain

Meet the stars of our BBC Lifeline Appeal


Ravi sitting in front of his piano

After developing a lopsided smile and a tremor in his left hand, Ravi was diagnosed with a low grade tumour in his brain stem. During a 10-hour operation, surgeons removed some of the tumour. But Ravi still lives with its impact.


Mel and mum at the YA ball

Mel, 23, from the Wirral was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2022. Her diagnosis came ‘out of the blue’. “A brain tumour diagnosis is scary and isolating, but talking to the other young people makes you realise you’re not alone!”


Alan posing in his charity running vest

Alan’s wife Anneka was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2019, when their daughter Sienna was just a baby. Anneka died six months later, aged just 33. Alan channeled his grief into supporting others raising more than £76,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

How your money will help

A gift from you could enable us to…. 

  • continue funding the most innovative and groundbreaking research.
  • provide the very best support, advice and guidance to every single person affected by a brain tumour diagnosis. 

But a cure can’t wait and we need to move fast. 

Dr Rominiyi being filmed in his lab

Dr Rominiyi is a Lecturer and a Specialty Registrar in Neurosurgery at the University of Sheffield. During his surgical training, Dr Rominiyi regularly saw the devastation brain tumours cause patients and families.

Behind the scenes

We are so grateful to the stars of the BBC Lifeline Appeal: Ravi, Mel, Alan and Ola for their time and for sharing their powerful stories.

The Brain Tumour Charity is also incredibly fortunate to count Nicki Chapman as a supporter who is so closely linked to our cause, and such a fantastic presenter!

Take a sneak peek at some of the behind the scenes photos of the making of film.

Learn more about The Brain Tumour Charity

Our impact

Learn more about the impact we’ve had together and the difference we’ve made to families affected by a brain tumour.

Accelerating a Cure

Find out more about how our research strategy, Accelerating a Cure, is moving us further, faster towards a cure.

What we’re funding

Get more information about the research projects that we’re able to fund thanks to your donations and support.