March 24, 2017, by Liz Cass

Eighties stars support Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre

Musical stars of the 1980s will gather together for a concert in support of The University of Nottingham’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC).

The one-off concert has been organised on behalf of soul singer and Brit Award nominee Kenny Thomas after his daughter Christina was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

A line-up of 80s legends including Tony Hadley, Midge Ure, Kim Wilde, Martin Fry, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, T’Pau and Living In A Box ft Kenny will perform some of their biggest hits with an all star band.

A Night For Christina brings a group of artists together who, between them, were rarely out of the charts during the 80s. This is an opportunity to see them up close and personal in a small west
London venue, where they will undoubtedly raise the roof and raise some much needed funds for 4-year-old Christina.

A Night For Christina will take place on Tuesday 6 June at Under the Bridge, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London.

Richard Grundy, Professor of Paediatric Neuro-Oncology and Co-Director of CBTRC, said:  “Understanding the underlying biology of childhood brain tumours through research is key to developing better and more effective treatments, ideally with fewer side effects. Coupled with that, we need to find ways of ensuring that the right drug gets to the right place, in the right way. We have recently launched the Children’s Brain Tumour Drug Delivery Consortium with this aim in mind. Funding for brain tumour research is sadly extremely low and therefore fundraising opportunities like this are an important and tangible way of driving forward improvements in the outcomes of childhood brain tumours.”

The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at The University of Nottingham was established in 1997 in a bid to drive forward new developments in paediatric brain tumour research. Its world-leading academics have played a leading role in calling for an increase in funding for brain tumours, successfully lobbied for a reduction in red tape hampering clinical trials in brain tumours in Europe and initiated the Brain Pathways project, which developed the clinical referral guidance for children with symptoms and signs of brain tumour, now endorsed by NHS Evidence and the focus of an awareness campaign, called HeadSmart Be Brain Tumour Aware.

This year CBTRC celebrates its 20th anniversary and The University of Nottingham’s annual fundraising campaign Life Cycle will focus on raising more money for research into the deadly form of cancer. A £500,000 appeal, which includes events such as a superhero stroll in October, has been launched to help raise funds.

Kenny Thomas is one of the UK’s most celebrated soul singers. From his early 90s smash hits “Thinking About Your Love”, “Outstanding” and “Best Of You”. Last year he replaced original vocalist Richard Darbyshire and took over the vocal spot in 80s band Living In A Box.

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