Brain tumour research campaign for children

Charlie’s Challenge, the Horam-based charity which raises funds for childhood brain tumour research, is now leading a national campaign.

The charity is the brainchild of Nigel Boutwood whose son, Charlie, was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a child. He is now fit and well.

The campaign aims to raise £7 million for seven “Centres of Hope.” Volunteers want to get seven times closer to a cure for brain tumours and plan to sponsor 23 days of research a year for the coming three years at the first of these Brain Tumour Research centres of excellence at the University of Portsmouth.

Actress, author and chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, Sheila Hancock, whose grandson, Jack, was diagnosed with a brain tumour, is spearheading the national campaign.

She’s calling on businesses and individuals to help raise £1m a year to sponsoring a day of research for £2,740, which will be recognised by a commemorative plaque on the centre’s ‘Wall of Hope’ as well as on the website,

The centre, under the leadership of Professor Geoff Pilkington, is one of seven planned as part of a campaign to address the serious under-funding of research into the UK’s biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

In Britain brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia or any other cancer; more women under the age of 35 than breast or any other cancer and more men under the age of 45 than prostate or any other cancer but research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending.

Nigel Boutwood said: “This is an exciting step forward towards finding a cure for brain tumours which will bring hope to the thousands of children and adults who are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year. Charlie’s Challenge is proud to be leading the way.”