Who are we trying to help?
There are many fantastic charities across the U.K. that are working hard to improve the outcome from brain cancer for the hundreds of children and young people diagnosed every year. After 3 years of fundraising for several charities listed below we have now decided to create The LoveUKeira Fund in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK's leading charity for Brain Tumour research and awareness. As a Supporter Group, The LoveUKeira Fund is authorised to raise funds on behalf of the charity using their Registered Charity status: 1150054 (England and Wales) SC045081 (Scotland). Click here to view our official certificate. All funds raised will be directed to Paediatric Brain Tumour Research across the country and, as with all Supporter Groups, nothing is used for the charity's administration costs.
Established in 1997, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre brings together a multi-disciplinary team of leading healthcare professionals and researchers ─ all experts in their fields, and all committed to improving our understanding of childhood brain tumours.
Their findings guide national and international developments in brain tumour research and clinical practice, leading to new methods of research to help find a cure, whilst minimising the risk of disability.
From the moment a patient realises something is wrong, through diagnosis, treatment and recovery, our research is there guiding and informing the work of healthcare professionals to bring new hope to brave young children.
Each week in the UK, around ten children or teenagers are diagnosed with a brain tumour in the UK. The time taken from a child’s first symptoms to diagnosis of a brain tumour for half of the children to be diagnosed is currently 12-13 weeks (median) in the UK, the other half take longer, sometimes up to a year or two. In comparison, similar figures in other countries show that half the cases are diagnosed in as little as 5 weeks. This shows that UK figures compare unfavourably.
The aim of the HeadSmart campaign is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose children and young people with brain tumours in the UK by educating healthcare professionals and the public about the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Reducing the time to diagnosis should reduce the long term disability that many children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour currently experience.
Brain Tumour Research represents the united campaign voice of the Brain Tumour Research Group of Member Charities. Established in 2008, the charity Brain Tumour Research was launched specifically to raise substantial funds for brain tumour research and operates as a separate entity to the Member Charities.
Originally set up in 2004 as an informal partnership of a number of UK brain tumour charities under the banner of the United Brain Tumour Campaign, these charities committed themselves to working together to achieve a common goal, namely to raise funds for research into the prevention and treatment of brain tumours, as well as ultimately finding a cure.
Having completed three successful Life Cycles - raising £760,000 for research into palliative and end of life care, increasing opportunities for students irrespective of financial means, and stroke rehabilitation research - The University of Nottingham's Vice-Chancellor and his team will be back in the saddle once again in August.
This year’s 1,400+ mile challenge will be the longest yet, taking in all four corners of Great Britain in aid of Children's Brain Tumour Research. Each rider will be riding in honour of a child who has battled this life-threatening disease.