Members of staff raise money for Brain Tumour Research

Leading national charity Brain Tumour Research needs assistance from people with time to spare in Plymouth. Volunteers are being asked to join a growing team of supporters for Brain Tumour Research across the UK. The charity funds medical research at four Centres of Excellence in the UK, which includes University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Scientists at the University are focusing investigations into this devastating disease, specifically on low-grade brain tumours. Their ground-breaking research is aimed at improving quality of life and survival rates for brain tumour patients, eventually leading to a cure.

Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of an hour a week. Tasks could include distributing and collecting charity collection boxes, organising collections and supermarket bag packs, attending events, giving talks on the charity’s behalf and cheering on runners at marathon events. 

Lauren Ryan, Regional Fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research said:

“Residents across the region are rightly proud of the world class research taking place at University of Plymouth and have shown this through the support they are showing us. To make the most of goodwill in the region we are calling on local people to volunteer, giving us the time they can afford. More children and adults under 40 now die of a brain tumour than from any other cancer and we are doing all we can to change that.
"We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. You might be a young person interested in how a charity runs, a busy professional who wants to give something back, or a retired person looking to connect with a vibrant charity; we have roles to fit all types of people.”

Brain Tumour Research is on a mission to raise £7 million per year in order to support their four Research Centres of Excellence and establish three more. Despite the advances in science and the growing opportunities for neurological investigation, brain tumours receive just one per cent of the national cancer research spend – at this rate, it could take another 100 years to find a cure. 

Can you help? For more information about volunteering for Brain Tumour Research please contact Brain Tumour Research Regional Fundraiser Lauren Ryan at or call 07710 390796 or contact Brain Tumour Research Head of Community Fundraising Carol Robertson at or call 07887 241639.