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CEILIDH IN HADDINGTON

The March Ceilidh held in memory of John Hopkins raised an incredible total of £1,900 for research into glioblastomas.

Presenting the Haddington Ceilidh Cheque

Many thanks to all who contributed by coming along to this brilliant evening which was superbly organised by Irene with support from Janice and Sheila.

Thanks, too, to those who donated generous prizes for the Raffle and to the fantastic support throughout of East Coast Radio.

Look what Andrew did!


Andrew Conlon with his Dad, Michael, and BTA Certificate

Last December Andrew Conlon, aged five, completed the Santa Dash in Glasgow with his Dad, Michael. They made a donation to Brain Tumour Action and we were delighted to present Andrew with a special Certificate to mark his brilliant achievement.

The Marathon to Beat all Marathons!


On towards 2013 miles!

Alison Whitley has been running marathons and other races throughout 2013 in memory of her friend, Susan Green who died last year. She has nearly completed her target of – wait for it – 2013 miles. What an achievement! Many congratulations Ally, from all of us at Brain Tumour Action. We know it’s been incredibly tough at times but you and Stitch just keep going.


Dollar Academy – Sponsored Walk


Rousing Musical Support

Rousing Musical Support from the Pipe Band in Playful Attire

Dollar Academy have been out in the hills – a massive sponsored walk – with Pipers – for Brain Tumour Action. To everyone who took part – thank you so much for your fantastic support and we hope you had a great day!


TEAM FERG

The four Phillips brothers ran the Edinburgh Marathon to remember their good friend Fergus Hyslop.

Our Team ready to run in Edinburgh marathon

The Phillips brothers getting ready to run .

Here is what they told us:

“Our friend Fergus Hyslop died from an astrocytoma tumour last year. We are running in the Edinburgh Marathon in his memory. We are four brothers from Edinburgh (though two of us live in Hong Kong these days). We all went to Davidsons Mains Primary, and the Royal High School with Ferg. We are ‘Team Ferg’.”

Ready to cheer on TEAM FERG

Two of their supporters getting ready to cheer!

They raised an amazing £2,300. Thank you so much for your brilliant joint effort!


Campaigning at Holyrood

The Cross Party Group on Cancer at the Scottish Parliament.

At the Cross Party Group on Cancer Meeting held in The Scottish Parliament on the 12th of June representatives from Brain Tumour Action spoke about the widespread lack of recognition and understanding of brain tumours which leads to a disturbing variation in patient and carer experiences.

Brain cancer is rare and often not well understood, even within the clinical community. Specialised interventions are needed at various points in the disease process and patients often have very complex needs which places a huge burden on carers. This is often accompanied by feelings of fear, guilt and isolation. The charities and support groups which exist are mostly small and do not receive any central funding.

First-hand accounts given by patient and carer representatives poignantly illustrated the difficulties they have encountered, often over many years.

There is an almost complete lack of wholistic, individualised care programmes and an urgent need to improve communication among clinical providers and social services within the community.

Brain Tumour Action calls on The Scottish Parliament to support their work.

Cross Party brain Tumour Meeting

Hamish Guthrie, Carer and Shanne McNamara, Neuro-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist addressing The Cross Party Group on Cancer at Holyrood

Our Ongoing Support for Paediatric Research

Representatives from Brain Tumour Action and the Astro Low Grade Glioma Fund met up in London at the Blizard Institute on March 14th. We were given an extremely warm welcome, not to mention both a delicious lunch and tea. The staff gave presentations about their current findings and then took us on a tour of the laboratories where we were able to view some of the work for ourselves.

Alice at the microscope

Alice McGregor looking at samples of brain tissue

The research team, led by the indefatigable Professor Denise Sheer, is studying the epigenetics of childhood low grade brain tumours. We feel greatly privileged to be able to part-fund this groundbreaking work for a second year.

Denise in motion

Denise Sheer introducing us to the study of epigenetics.

If you are reading this then please consider making a donation to Brain Tumour Action so that we can continue our support for their valuable work.

Just think: your generosity now may help to save a child’s life not so far into the future!


Youth and Philanthropy Success!

Royal High School Team

The Winning Team

Five pupils from The Royal High School of Edinburgh were the runners up in their school’s Youth and Philanthropy Programme this session. They became actively involved with the Edinburgh Support Group, attending meetings and interviewing members. They then gave an outstanding final presentation on brain tumours which demonstrated how they impact the lives of patients, their families and friends. We are hugely appreciative of the commitment and maturity with which they got involved in the work of our Charity. Many congratulations to them all for their efforts.

Taking the Message to Holyrood

Minister for Health Visits Our exhibition

Michael Matheson at the BTA stall

Michael Matheson, the Scottish Minister for Public Health, visited our exhibition stand at the Scottish Parliament where we promoted Brain Tumour Awareness Week. See page 3 of our new KITE.

New Booklet Out Now

Our patient support booklet, Radiotherapy for Brain Tumours, has now been fully revised and updated.

Full of useful information it takes the reader through the whole process from planning to completion in clear, comprehensible language.

The New Edition, 2012

It is available on request from Brain Tumour Action and it can also be downloaded from our website. See  Radiotherapy for brain tumours.

We hope you will find it helpful

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