Christmas Hope Tree Appeal

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Please donate this Christmas to help us get closer to a cure.

This year, we’ve grown our network of sustainable Research Centres of Excellence and made significant research breakthroughs.  

It is your donations which enable us to fund the long-term, sustainable research required to make these much-needed discoveries and to continue our campaigning to influence an increase in the national investment in research into brain tumours. 

By donating to our Christmas Hope Tree Appeal, you'll support our vital work and spread hope for the future so that fewer families face the devastation of a brain tumour diagnosis. 

How to donate to our Appeal

How to donate to our Appeal: 

  • Choose your amount – you can select one of the suggested amounts or type in any other amount you wish to donate 
  • Complete your personal details, tick the Gift Aid box (if applicable) and then choose your donation method  
  • You will then be asked to select which of our four Research Centres you would like your bauble of hope to be displayed at – a short summary of the research at each of our Centres can be found below  
  • Complete your donation with a short message of hope  

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Baubles of Hope

If you share a personal message with your donation under “add comment”, we’ll write out your bauble for you and send it to your chosen Centre to join all the other baubles on their Hope Tree. 

Your message could be a memory of a loved one, in support of someone diagnosed with a brain tumour, or a heartfelt thanks to our scientists for their tireless efforts to find a cure. 

For more information or to make your donation over the phone, please call us on 01908 867200 and we’ll be happy to help.  

Our Centres of Excellence 

The Institute of Cancer Research 

Our newest Research Centre, led by Professor Chris Jones, is focused on high-grade paediatric brain tumours; devastating tumours for which there are currently no effective treatments.  

Prof Jones and his team are meticulously testing promising new therapeutics to produce the high-quality data required to get these medicines into a clinical trial, giving hope to patients and improving outcomes.  

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Queen Mary University of London 

Professor Silvia Marino and her team are studying glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive and common primary high-grade brain tumour in adults, and medulloblastoma, the most common high-grade brain tumour in children.  

Prof Marino said: "The sustainable model for funding research uniquely pioneered by Brain Tumour Research is essential. Without continued funding, we can’t build on the discoveries we’re making. The awareness and donations brought about by these appeals are vital.” 

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University of Plymouth 

Professor Oliver Hanemann leads multiple teams at the UK’s leading research centre for low-grade brain tumours. Low-grade brain tumours make up approximately 68% of all brain tumours diagnosed in the UK. 

The Centre is focused on developing new, kinder, and more effective diagnostic techniques and treatments for tumours such as meningioma and schwannoma. In the future these will reduce the need for invasive biopsies and surgeries which can cause long-term and life-changing challenges for patients.  

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Imperial College 

The Centre at Imperial College, London, is comprised of clinical and laboratory teams across two West London locations. The clinical team at Charing Cross Hospital is developing new tools, techniques, and procedures to improve and optimise neurosurgery, directly improving patient outcomes. The laboratory research team based at Hammersmith is exploring how tumour cells get their energy, how to increase the effectiveness of existing drugs, and how artificial intelligence might help devise more personalised treatments. 

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Thank you!

We are always humbled and touched by the messages of love, determination, hope and inspiration we receive at this time of year and are proud to display them as a symbol of strength and resilience against this devastating disease.

If you wish to make multiple donations and hang multiple baubles at the same or another Centre, just repeat the process above.

Please note: all the bauble messages will be on display in the public domain and images of the baubles and the messages may be used in Believe and other areas to illustrate and promote the appeal.

Messages received after 18th December will be displayed on the Christmas Hope Tree at Brain Tumour Research head office in Milton Keynes.

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