Brain tumour research – fundraisers

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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Peninsula Medical Foundation

An independent charity that has raised money for the University’s medical research and students since 1997.

Based in Plymouth, with trustees from around the world, the Peninsula Medical Foundation (PMF) is committed to advancing medical research. The charity's 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.

The Roger Harris Fund
In memory of Roger Harris CBE, a well-respected and much-loved Plymouth businessman who was sadly diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in 2017. The fund ambitiously set out to raise £274,000, the amount needed to fund 100 days of cancer research at the University of Plymouth. As a mark of this significant achievement, and of Roger's life, a University laboratory will be named after him.

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

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.”

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."

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

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.

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

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

Santander pledges support to brain tumour research

The University campus branch of Santander has pledged to match-fund major fundraising events, this amazing support will boost the funds raised towards the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence housed at the University.

Open to students, staff and our local community, this campus branch is part of an exciting partnership between the University and Santander offering financial benefits not always available from high street branches.

Find out more about Santander at the University

Saltram Rotary Club supports brain tumour research PhD 

A Plymouth Rotary Club that donated £1,000 to brain tumour research at the University of Plymouth has visited its laboratories to find out more about the work taking place to find effective treatments to fight the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Read the full story

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Argyle brain tumour research lab tour

Plymouth Argyle's James Greenacre placed a tile on the Wall of Hope at the John Bull Building after the club raised £2,740 for Brain Tumour Research.

Plymouth Argyle have supported Brain Tumour Research by raising funds through match day collections, through social media and engagement from their players and fans.

Thanks to the money raised, researchers at the University's Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence are able to make a difference by improving the treatment and outcomes of brain tumours.

University of Plymouth in partnership with Plymouth Argyle

3D students design and create bespoke donation boxes

Mark Hedley and William Shaw are the designers behind the custom-built charity donation boxes located in the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence and in cafes throughout the University campus. This experience was the first commission of their creative career, hear more from the design duo:

Will – "Design is something that I have always wanted to do. My family are involved with design; we are a very creative family. I wanted to certify it and go into design in the future."

Mark – "It is the first time we have worked with clients. I had never actually done anything like this so it was very interesting. Following this through has been an interesting and educational process."

Colleague remembered in brain tumour research fundraising event

Members of the Cleaning Services Team at University of Plymouth held a horror-themed fundraising day to remember a colleague who died of a brain tumour

"It was a fun packed day which everyone involved felt proud and pleased to be part of. The amount raised exceeded expectations from us all, and it has spurred us on to do more to help fund a PhD student and keep John McMahon's memory alive. We had overwhelming support from staff across the campus who fully supported our efforts and cause. Many thanks to all who contributed."

University of Plymouth Staff Cleaning Team continue to raise funds in John's memory.

Devon Junior and Minor League

Brain Tumour Research is the Devon Junior and Minor Football League's chosen charity, this community group has raised funds at events such as Lord Mayor's Day and their annual Football on the Piazza event.

These budding Beckhams are showing brain tumours the red card with all funds raised going to support the world-leading research into benign tumours happening here at our University.

Find out more about the University's community partnership with Devon Junior and Minor Football League

Devon FA elects Brain Tumour Research as their chosen charity

Devon FA chose Brain Tumour Research as their nominated charity for an entire season with a commitment to raising at least £5,484 – which equates to two days of work in the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence lab.

“We are delighted to have chosen Brain Tumour Research at University of Plymouth as our first ever dedicated charity for a season. We hope that our supporters will back us by digging deep for this research which has the potential to change lives.”

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