Sophie's support for brain tumour research

07 Sep 2015 17:08:32.123


Eleven year old Sophie Robinson from Lincoln has embarked upon a fundraising campaign to help children like her who are diagnosed with brain tumours.

Sophie is currently fighting a grade 4 brain tumour called medulloblastoma and is receiving treatment at the renowned Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham.

Sophie is determined to help other families in her situation and help provide improved treatment and a cure for the disease. After an intensive fundraising drive the inspirational youngster has just presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Centre.

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Family friends Kerry Wilson and Paul Munroe started the campaign by hosting a fish and chip supper and disco in June. On August 8, Sophie hosted her own bravery and courage party for children from across Lincolnshire. The event was a complete sell-out with 180 people packed into their local social club enjoying a party and disco.

Sophie’s Mum, Stacy Southwell, says they are determined to help others: “Many people ask us why we raise funds. If you were in our situation you would understand every single day is a battle and a heart breaking nightmare. If we can help just one family not to have to go through this then so be it.” 

The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, based at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, brings together a multi-disciplinary team of leading healthcare professionals and researchers from The University of Nottingham ─ all experts in their fields, and all committed to improving our understanding of childhood brain tumours. 

Community Fundraising Manager at The University of Nottingham, Andrew Legge, said: “We are overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of the Lincoln community and local businesses who have gathered together to support Sophie and dozens of other children who are treated at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre each year. Sophie is a very special young lady and we are hugely grateful for all her fundraising achievements.”

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More informationis available from Andrew Legge in the Campaign Office, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 748 4809, 

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