Brain tumour research at the University of Portsmouth has been boosted by a £13,000 donation by five friends who cycled hundreds of miles in memory of a young boy who died of the disease.
Grieving father Andy Rawlinson lost his son Taylan, seven, to a brain tumour three years ago. He has since raised £70,000 for brain tumour research.
His latest fundraising effort saw him, and four friends, cycle to seven sites where brain tumour diagnosis, therapy or research is carried out between Scotland and Portsmouth. The trip involved the team travelling seven hundred miles in seven days.
The trip was intended to raise awareness of Brain Tumour Research’s national £7m `Centres of Hope’ fundraising campaign to raise £7m for seven centres of excellence to get seven times closer to a cure for brain tumours.
The cyclists hoped to raise £10,000, but exceeded this target by over £3,000.
The men arrived at the laboratories of Professor Geoff Pilkington, Director of Portsmouth’s Brain Tumour Centre, and pledged their fundraising efforts to his work.
Professor Pilkington’s laboratories are nationally recognised as a centre of excellence for brain tumour research.
Professor Pilkington said: “This is a fantastic effort and a formidable task.
“Money raised by people like Andy and his team is increasingly necessary. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, with only 14 per cent of patients living longer than five years. My entire professional life and that of my team of researchers is spent trying to find out how to stop these deaths.
“Andy’s donation is a great way for Taylan’s memory to live on.”
Taylan’s Project was founded in January 2010, to commemorate Taylan’s short life and to help others. To sponsor the team or donate please visit their Just Giving Page
The next event for the Brain Tumour Trust will be a charity dinner on HMS Warrior on 27 September.