01 Oct 2013

Twilight walk through Royal Windsor aims to stamp out brain cancer

Twilight walkAs dusk falls over the sprawling oaks of Windsor Great Park, and the last rays of light glow on its rusty leaves, hundreds of people will be gathering on the 6th of October to take part in a twilight walk with a purpose.

Setting off from the town centre, the 10k walk will take in the historic Windsor castle, a section of the Great Park and pass by the River Thames.

Trailing through the hunting grounds of Kings gone by, fundraiser Maryanne Roach and her two rambler friends will be raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Inadequate research

According to the charity’s statistics, almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour every year. Perhaps more worryingly, less than 2 per cent of cancer research funding in the UK is spent on brain tumours – a sobering statistic the charity is committed to increasing.

For Maryanne, also a trustee for the charity, the impact of brain cancer is more far-reaching and less publicly acknowledged than other types of cancers. Maryanne’s background is rooted in the pharmaceutical industry. As a scientist, she is interested in the clinical research aspect of the Brain Tumour Charity’s work.

She said: “I am particularly interested in the research. There is woefully little money put into Brain Tumour research compared to other cancers. I always have people telling me they have been touched by this kind of cancer; it is far more common than people realise.”

Raising awareness of the key symptoms

The charity doesn’t receive any government or statutory funding and relies solely on voluntary donations to fund their vital research.

One key project already showing results is The Brain Tumour Charity’s award-winning HeadSmart Campaign, which, through the distribution of symptom recognition cards to GPs and schools, raising awareness amongst parents and providing an online education module to health professionals, is reducing the time it takes to diagnose brain tumours in children. Reducing the time it takes between the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis of a brain tumour both saves lives and improves outcomes.

Funding the fight against brain cancer

For Maryanne, MyDonate’s free fundraising service means every penny raised will go directly towards funding research and providing the much-needed information and support for patients and their relatives.

She said: “The charity sent suggestions for fundraising websites to use. They recommended MyDonate as they don’t charge any fees.”

For The Brain Tumour Charity, MyDonate means that more of every donation received online can go to vital research, support and information, and raising awareness.

Sue Routliff, supporter relations officer at the charity, says: “We recommend MyDonate to our supporters because they do not charge donors or charities fees or commission on donations that are made. It means our donors can have confidence that as much of the money they raise online as possible can go to the fight against this devastating disease.”

Maryanne’s fundraising page can be viewed here.

To find out more about the work of the Brain Tumour Charity, please visit their website.





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