Brain tumour research – fundraisers

We're hugely grateful for the philanthropic support we receive from staff, students, communities, businesses, clubs, and societies

Helping to fund the fight

It costs £2,470 per day to fund the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence housed at the University of Plymouth. We forge ahead with our 'world-leading' research into finding cures and treatments for this devastating disease with the philanthropic support from businesses, communities, clubs, and societies.

Brain Tumour Research – official charity partnership

In 2014, the University was officially recognised by leading charity Brain Tumour Research as one of only three centres of excellence nationally for brain tumour research. Our long-running partnership aims to help establish, retain and grow world-class research teams. 

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Emma Cronin raising funds and awareness for Brain Tumour Research


Peninsula Medical Foundation

An independent charity that has raised money for the University’s medical research and students since 1997.
Based in Plymouth, the Peninsula Medical Foundation (PMF) is committed to advancing medical research. The charity's former Chair, Denis Wilkins, even cycled the length of the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for life-saving brain tumour research. This and other fundraising efforts have helped to fund two PhD students in the brain tumour research labs. Find out more about PMF

<p>Peninsula Medical Foundation</p>

Lockdown runner completes 52km for MS research

Evelyn Truter, a daughter who lost her lost her mum to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has completed an epic running challenge. After turning 52, the age at which her mum died, and rediscovering running during lockdown, Evelyn came up with the idea of running 52km around Clevedon and surrounding villages in Somerset to raise money for MS research at the University. She surpassed her original target of £5,200 and is now close to raising £10,000.

Read more about Evelyn's story

<p>Evelyn Truter running to raise money for MS research July 2021</p>

Local business club support brain tumour research

Thank you to the Lions Club of Plymouth's whose aim is to contribute to the betterment of their communities. Their £250 donation will support the growth of the research team within the University's Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence. Lion President Jeff Horgan and past President Lion George Poad presented the cheque to Rachel Brown, Head of Development in December 2020, she said:

“[2020] has been a very difficult year for everyone and so we are especially grateful for people’s support at the moment. Thanks to the Plymouth Lions’ members for donating to our brain tumour researchers. Donations help us to grow the team researchers looking for treatments and cures – so thank you all.”


Lion President Jeff Horgan accompanied by
Immediate Past President Lion George Poad, presented the cheque to Rachel Brown,
Head of Development


Plymouth Half Marathon runners raise funds for research

Matt was part of a team of dedicated runners from the University that ran the Plymouth Half Marathon in support of brain tumour research. Hear more about his fundraising journey:

"I enjoy raising money for charity and I always enjoy a challenge. I hadn’t run before so with only eight weeks to go I had to start from scratch, learning the techniques and even buy myself a pair of running shoes.

The work that the brain tumour research team do is so incredible and mind blowing. While I was raising money I found out that quite a few of my colleagues and friends have been affected in some way, this really spurred me on to try my best to raise as much money as possible. In total I raised £345 which I know will have helped someone."

<p>Matt Page,&nbsp;<b></b>Co-Ordinator&nbsp;for the Peninsula Clinical Trials
Unit, crossing the finish line<b></b></p>

Matt Page, Co-Ordinator for the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit at University of Plymouth, crossing the finish line

Winning awards for outstanding work

'Going the extra mile' has won Sandra Hussey a Cleaning Supervisor of the Year award.

Sandra collected her award at the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) conference at Queens University in Belfast.

Part of her work involves fundraising in memory of loved colleague, John McMahon, who died of a brain tumour. All funds raised go to support a PhD student in the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence.

Read more about Sandra.


</p><p><strong></strong>Pictured (L-R) are <strong></strong>Lynn Webster, Consultant in Cleaning Compliance, Audit and Training; Sndra
Hussey; and Anthony Tyrrell,
Chair of BACHE and Facilities Manager at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London<strong></strong></p><br><p></p>

Pictured (L-R) are Lynn Webster, Consultant in Cleaning Compliance, Audit and Training; Sandra Hussey; and Anthony Tyrrell, Chair of BACHE and Facilities Manager at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London