Every year around 450 children in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour. On average, children in the UK wait up to three times longer for a brain tumour diagnosis than those in other countries.
This can make long-term survivors up to ten times more likely to become disabled. We need to improve our understanding of childhood brain tumours.
The University of Nottingham and the Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) have been UK leaders in childhood brain tumours since the 1980s. The Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) was founded at the QMC in 1997.
The CBTRC performs pioneering research into genetic abnormalities of brain tumours, novel imaging techniques and drug delivery. It also excels in diagnosis, innovative treatment and raising awareness. Additional funding will enable further crucial advances to be made into understanding the cause, nature, treatment and outcomes of childhood brain tumours.
The CBTRC is dedicated to improving the lives of young brain tumour sufferers and their families worldwide. So far, funding for the Centre from the Impact Campaign has:
Helped to reduce the average length of children's brain tumour diagnosis time in the UK from 9.1 weeks to 6.9 weeks. Find out more
Secured a £25,000 donation from Westfield Health, part-funding a new MRI scanner to be used during surgery at the CBTRC. Read more in the latest Campaign Review
Led to a £1.5 million partnership between the CBTRC and the charity Brain Tumour UK, helping to expand vital research into child and adolescent brain tumours. Find out more
The money raised by the Campaign has a real impact on the lives of families with children suffering from brain tumours, such as the Burkill family and their daughter Claudia. Claudia was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in 2011 and Claudia's Cause, the charity set up by her parents, has raised over £100,000 for the CBTRC.
Read more of Claudia's story.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre will have a genuine impact on the lives of young brain tumour sufferers and their families, in the UK and globally.
With your help we can fund the research, and the necessary equipment, that will help save and improve their lives.
University staff - sign up to support Children's Brain Tumour Research through Small Change Big Impact
Under the Small Change: Big Impact scheme, over 650 staff at The University of Nottingham are choosing to round their net pay down to the nearest whole pound, with the pennies collected automatically going to support a Campaign project.
Pennies collected from pay packets can result in an average of £300 a month in donations.
Staff donations through Small Change Big Impact in 2014 will support Children's Brain Tumour Research and better outcomes for children with brain tumours.
In 2013 Small Change Big Impact supported the University’s research into the early detection of cancer and in 2012 HeartLight's research into helping save the lives of newborn babies.
Staff reading this and wishing to sign up should log on to their Intranet Portal and click into the ‘Other Services’ tab.
Hearing that your child has cancer is every parent's worst nightmare. Nottingham should be extremely proud that it is home to such a centre of excellence that is helping families through what is undoubtedly one of the most distressing experiences they will ever face.
Vernon Coaker, Labour MP for Gedling
Tomorrow, brain cancer won't be the death sentence that it is today; it will be a disease that requires treatment and then a whole new life ahead.
Andrea Burkill, parent of a child with a terminal brain tumour