Padbury Brain Tumour Research charity reach new milestone

PUBLISHED: 15:17 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 05 January 2015

John Bercow, Ian Reddington, Sue Farrington Smith, Figen and Andy Rawlinson with their children Altay and Kaya. Photo: Gary Schwartz

John Bercow, Ian Reddington, Sue Farrington Smith, Figen and Andy Rawlinson with their children Altay and Kaya. Photo: Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Supporters such as the Rawlinson family in Calvert Green, who were inspired to set up Brain Tumour Research fundraising group, Taylan's Project, when they lost their eldest son to a brain tumour, joined others to mark the opening. Patrons actor Ian Reddington and John Bercow MP were also guests at the centre which brings new hope for the 16,000 people diagnosed with brain tumours each year.

The event was particularly poignant for Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, who lost her niece Alison Phelan just before her eighth birthday.

Figen and Andy Rawlinson remembered their son, Taylan, who passed away at the age of seven to a brain tumour, just 10 months after diagnosis. Since setting up Taylan’s Project their fundraising has seen well over £100,000 invested into research. At the QMUL launch, Figen placed a tile on the Wall of Hope to sponsor a day of research in memory of Taylan.

The event was hosted by MP for Buckingham, the Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. He said: “Based on what they have achieved already, the prognosis is now brighter for patients and families affected by this terrible disease. But we can’t be complacent. Unlike many other cancers, brain tumour research does not benefit from general research. It is only through giving to charities funding laboratory-based research that all 120+ types of brain tumour will be cured. I will continue to do all that I can to help bring the UK to the forefront of brain tumour research.”

The Centre of Excellence, led by Professor Silvia Marino, a leading brain tumour scientist, will specialise in identifying how glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) forms and grows, with the final aim to identify more efficient treatments.

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