Employees took part in their annual walking challenge to help find a cure for brain tumours.
Learning Resources has chosen the Brain Tumour Research charity as its charity of the year. As one of its fundraising challenges, staff members walked all the peaks along the the Langdale skyline in the Lake District recently, completing a distance of 18km with 1,200m of ascent.
Managing director Dennis Blackmore commented: “Typically we choose charities involved in education or children, but recently I experienced the death of a friend’s husband, who was taken very quickly by a brain tumour. I was shocked to learn that less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. Added to this, historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours.”
“Earlier in the year during our health and wellbeing week, we installed a static bicycle in our offices and raised money by cycling 350 miles in five days. For Halloween we are inviting staff to come in wearing their scariest outfits and donating £2 to the cause.”
“To date we have raised £2,308.36 (including Gift Aid) and our aim is to raise £2,740, equivalent to one day of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of Excellence. It will enable us to visit the centre, tour the labs and put a tile on the Wall of Hope.”
Michael Thelwall, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We really appreciate the support of Learning Resources and send them our best wishes for a spooky dress-up day. The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure. For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. Together we will find a cure.”
To make a donation to the Learning Resources fundraising effort, click here.