Our vision is for a world where brain tumours are defeated

Your brain is the most extraordinary part of your body. It's responsible for your ability to move and to communicate. It controls your emotions and stores your memories. It's the part of you that makes you who you are.

Yet 102,000 people are living with a brain tumour in the UK and less than 3% of national cancer research funding is spent on the disease. Advances in treatments and quality-of-life care need to be made, and they need to be made quickly.

We know we need to move faster, and that’s why we’re not pressing pause. During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve committed a further £4.8 million to critical research and are the only brain tumour charity to announce new research funding since lockdown, because now is not the time to stop.

By joining together, we know we can reach our goals sooner!

How your fundraising helps

We’re asking every adult walker to raise £100, or more if you can! Here are just some of the ways your money can make an impact for people affected by brain tumours:
  • £100 could pay for a test to understand the genetic changes linked to brain tumour development, to help identify personalised treatments.
  • £150 could ensure 150 families receive a HeadSmart card, making them aware of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and teenagers.
  • £250 could cover the cost of giving 10 children and their families the immediate support and information they need after the devastation of a diagnosis.
  • £500 could cover two days of research for one of our leading brain tumour researchers, to better understand brain tumours and provide more targeted treatments.

Dr Lucy Stead

Lucy Stead is one of our funded researchers at the University of Leeds. She held a walk for The Twilight Walk in 2018.

Lucy said, “I really wanted to give something back to The Brain Tumour Charity and support the fantastic work they do by helping to raise much-needed funding for research.

“Every day as scientists we see advances in technology and the development of new knowledge that opens new avenues of research into brain tumour biology. With the help of The Brain Tumour Charity, we will continue to explore those avenues, until one of them creates a step-change and then a gear-change and then a life-changing development that increases the quality and quantity of life for people with brain tumours.

“Science costs money, but brain tumours cost lives, and until that stops being the case we’ll put every penny to good use to keep learning and discovering and developing new ways forwards.”