Brain tumour charities join forces to campaign for national spending increase

Member charities of Brain Tumour Research at the workshop. Photo: Brain Tumour Research

Member charities of Brain Tumour Research at the workshop. Photo: Brain Tumour Research - Credit: Brain Tumour Research

Three Norfolk charities which raise awareness of brain tumours are supporting a national charity's bid to see an increase in spending on research.

Norfolk charity members Photo: Brain Tumour Research

Norfolk charity members Photo: Brain Tumour Research - Credit: Brain Tumour Research

Representatives from Norwich-based Finnbar's Force and west Norfolk-based Red Wellies and Astro Brain Tumour Fund attended an event for all members of Brain Tumour Research (BTR) to discuss the working relationship between all member charities and the year ahead for the campaign.

The charities have each been set up by people who have lost a close relative to a brain tumour.

Tristan Cork set up his charity, Finnbar's Force after losing his five-year-old son in 2016 to an aggressive brain tumour.

The charity aims to support other families in Norfolk that are faced with the same devastating diagnosis, as well as campaigning for increased research into brain tumours and potential treatments.

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Mr Cork said: 'Although it is too late for Finnbar, it is inspiring to learn of all the amazing work being done and the collaboration between researchers.

'It really feels that we are at least getting nearer to having more effective treatments which will obviously bring some hope to families affected in the future.'

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Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to between £30m and £35m a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.

The charity is now taking a leading role in the government's task and finish working group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.

Sue Farrington Smith, chief executive for Brain Tumour Research, said: 'It's always great to get together with other member charities. The timing of this year's workshop was especially poignant as it coincided with the news of the death of Dame Tessa Jowell from a brain tumour, resulting in the government promising to double its investment into brain cancer research.

'We are spurred on with even greater vigour in our quest to find a cure for brain tumours.'

According to Brain Tumour Research, brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Just one pc of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to the disease.

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