January 15, 2016, by Emma Rayner
Christmas Brain Tumour Research Campaign smashes target
The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre has smashed its target in its Christmas fundraising appeal. The Centre, which treats children from all over the East Midlands and beyond, was hoping to raise £50,000 in its December campaign and today a cheque for an impressive £62,932 was handed over to co-director Professor David Walker. It means a new drug delivery project can now go ahead.
The money has been raised largely by the CBTRC campaign ambassadors, including families of children who have been treated at the pioneering unit. The cash raised includes £7,000 raised by 12 year old Sophie Robinson and her family from Lincoln. Sophie sadly passed away a few days ago after a two year fight against a brain tumour. £11,000 was raised by alumni and Children’s Brain Tumour Research supporters in an e-appeal.
The Christmas appeal has also been supported by the Women’s Institute at Bleasby, Notts, the Royal Mail and Fat Face Nottingham. The money will more than cover a £50,000 shortfall needed to appoint a clinical researcher to work on a new, more effective way of delivering anti-cancer drugs into the spinal fluid or brain.
Established in 1997, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre is a joint venture between The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. It brings together a multi-disciplinary team of leading healthcare professionals and researchers ─ all experts in their fields, and all committed to improving our understanding of childhood brain tumours.
Photo shows, from left, patient family representative Dr Raman Minhas, Andrew Legge from the University’s Campaigns Office and Professor David Walker, Co-director Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.