Professor Richard Grundy with patient on the CBTR ward

Children's Brain Tumour Research


Each year, hundreds of children and their families are faced with the frightening diagnosis of a brain tumour. Those who survive are often left with disabilities as a result of intensive treatments.

This month alone, over 45 parents in the UK will have heard the words, “Your child has a brain tumour”. Will you give a gift to support new research that will help develop safer treatments for children with brain tumours?

You can help fund vital research for children with cancer today 

We need your help to raise £100,000.

Though we have made great strides in treating childhood brain tumours - more research is still urgently needed to help more children to go on to lead healthy, happy lives.

Your gift will help our researchers develop safer, life-saving treatments for children with brain tumours.

Jessica's story 

Jess Simpkin at Christmas

"As I enter 2017, I'm thankful for another Christmas spent with my amazing daughter Jess. 

I'm so grateful for the doctors and nurses who care for her and to those of you who gave a gift this Christmas to support the ground-breaking research happening at the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC). 

Your generosity has enabled us to raise over £75,000 - that's fantastic, thank you. It's a great start and will help CBTRC researchers understand the biological factors behind ependymoma and develop improved treatments with better outcomes for children. The clinical trial taking place at the CBTRC will be the very first of its kind in the world. 

It's wonderful that so many of you are willing to support the University's research into childhood brain cancer. 

I'm excited at the prospect that other parents won't have to experience what I did; finding out their child has a tumour in their brain, agreeing to treatment which will save their life but will change it forever. Jess is now 29 years old, but has physical and learning difficulties that have prevented her from doing what so many children, teenagers and young adults take for granted. The money raised will help researchers as they work to develop life-saving treatments, without the negative side effects my daughter experienced. 

If we can raise the final £25,000, then this fantastic project can get the best possible start. It's not too late to give to this cause and help children receive safer, life-saving treatment that ensures they don't experience the side effects like my Jess did.


From myself, Jess and all the staff and families at the CBTRC, thank you and our very best wishes for this year." 

- Jo French, Jessica's Mum



Thank you so much for your continued support.