West Norfolk company scales new heights to find a cure for brain tumours
PUBLISHED: 10:53 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:42 25 October 2018
A West Norfolk company took part in a walking challenge to help find a cure for brain tumours after completing a distance of 18km with a 1,200m climb.
Learning Resources, based on Bergen Way, King’s Lynn, makes and sells educational toys.
It chose the Brain Tumour Research charity as its charity of the year and staff members walked all the peaks along the Langdale skyline in the Lake District to riase funds.
Managing director Dennis Blackmore said: “Typically we choose charities involved in education or children, but recently I experienced the death of a friend’s husband, who was taken very quickly by a brain tumour.
“I was shocked to learn that less than 20pc of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50pc across all cancers. Added to this, historically just 1pc of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours.”
As well as the climb, the team also installed a static bicycle in the offices and raised money by cycling 350 miles in five days, while for Hallowe’en staff are wearing their scariest outfits to work and donating £2 to the cause.
Mr Blackmore said: “To date we have raised £2,308.36 (including Gift Aid) and our aim is to raise £2,740, equivalent to one day of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s centres of excellence. It will enable us to visit the centre, tour the labs and put a tile on the wall of hope.”
Michael Thelwall, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We really appreciate the support of Learning Resources and send them our best wishes for a spooky dress-up day. The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK centres of excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.
“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. Together we will find a cure.”
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