From students to zookeepers, footballers to opticians, fundraising organised by Plymouth University for Brain Tumour Research has raised in the region of £7,000.
Students ran around the campus throwing powder paint at one another in a Colour Dash; students, staff and visitors made donations via collection boxes on campus and at Plymouth Science Park; and local organisations Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Raiders and Dartmoor Zoo also got involved.
Fundraising which involved staff from Santander also attracted matched funding.
The brain tumour research team in Plymouth are leaders in Europe for research into low grade brain tumours, which typically affect children and young adults. Their work focuses on identifying and understanding the mechanism that makes a cell become cancerous.
They are exploring ways in which to halt or reverse that mechanism. An innovation will be testing new drugs in human primary cell cultures leading to innovative phase 0 trials. It is hoped this will be followed by adaptive phase II/III trials with the potential for making drug therapies available to patients safely and more quickly.
Christian Burden, Director of Development at Plymouth University, commented: “This was a superb effort by the University and its partners, and a huge amount of work went into organising a month’s worth of events – with more to come.”
He added: “We need £1 million a year to run research into brain tumours at Plymouth University – important work which is addressing a disease which is the biggest cancer killer of children and young people under 40 and which the highest rate of incidence here in the
South West. The support we get from Brain Tumour Research is fantastic, as is the backing we get from members of the public, businesses and other organisations in the region.”