The Twilight Walk

Mike from Hopewiser’s software development team and his wife Christine join a charity walk to help beat brain tumours

On Sunday 1st October Mike and his wife Christine will join dozens of others affected by brain tumours on The Twilight Walk through Chester. They have completed this 10K walk a few times, the difference this year is that Mike will dressed as an Elephant.

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Mike in an Elephant costume

Mike and Christine were inspired to take part after both losing close family to brain tumours.

The ten-kilometre walk begins at dusk and is aimed at bringing together patients and families affected by brain tumours, as well as raising money to help fight the disease.

Mike said: “The Twilight Walk will be a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other people whose lives have been touched by brain tumours, to show our solidarity and support for each other and to raise money for the brain tumour research that we all know is so badly needed.

Tragic as the events in our family were, we aren’t doing it in their memory - we are raising money for all the future, as yet undiagnosed sufferers, in the hope that the outcome will be better. After all that could be any of us.”

Geraldine Pipping, The Charity’s Head of Fundraising, said: ““The Twilight Walk helps to show people affected by brain tumours that they are not alone.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and the under-40s in the UK and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years. 

“We are leading the way in changing this and recently published our ambitious five-year strategy, Defeating Brain Tumours, which aims to double survival and halve the harm caused by brain tumours.

“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Mike and Christine that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

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About The Brain Tumour Charity
Registered Charity No. 1150054 (England and Wales) SC045081 (Scotland)

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. It funds pioneering research to increase survival, raises awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provides support for everyone affected.

The Charity’s goals are to double survival within 10 years in the UK and to halve the negative impact that brain tumours have on quality of life.

It adheres to nationally-recognised accreditations and best practice guidelines for every area of its work.

The Charity funds an extensive and diverse portfolio of research across the UK with the aim of doubling survival and reducing long term harm through improving the understanding and complexities of brain tumours, better diagnostic techniques and new treatments.

The Brain Tumour Charity offers a comprehensive support and information service for anyone who is affected, including a support and information line, Information Standard accredited fact sheets, online peer-to-peer support and a dedicated Children and Families Service.

It funds and promotes the UK-wide HeadSmart campaign, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to make earlier diagnosis a reality. Earlier diagnosis will reduce long-term disabilities and save lives.

In just three years, HeadSmart has reduced averaged diagnosis time from 9.1 weeks to 6.5 weeks.

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Brain tumours – the facts

  • Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
  • Almost 11,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 30 people every day.
  • Over 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.
  • Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
  • Just 19% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
  • Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children. Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children.  This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year.
  • Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours.  Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours.