Professor Richard Grundy with patient on the CBTR ward

Children's Brain Tumour Research


Each year, hundreds of children and their families are faced with the frightening diagnosis of a brain tumour. Those who survive are often left with disabilities as a result of intensive treatments.

This month alone, over 45 parents in the UK will have heard the words, “Your child has a brain tumour”. This Christmas, will you give a gift to support new research that will help develop safer treatments for children with brain tumours?

You can help fund vital research for children with cancer today 

We need your help to raise £100,000.

Though we have made great strides in treating childhood brain tumours - more research is still urgently needed to help more children to go on to lead healthy, happy lives.

Your gift will help our researchers develop safer, life-saving treatments for children with brain tumours.

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Funding deadline 31.12.2016


My Christmas wish - Jessica's story 

Jess Simpkin at Christmas

"My wish this Christmas is that no child with a brain tumour should have to suffer like my daughter Jessica has.

I remember when the doctors first told me Jessica had a tumour in her brain. She was only four years old. The anger and fear was overwhelming; Why did this happen to my child? Will she survive? What can I do?

The doctors told us about a new trial that was taking place. I said yes. The treatment my daughter received saved her life, but it also changed it forever.

Now 29 years old, Jessica has multiple physical and learning difficulties which have prevented her from doing what so many children, teenagers and young adults take for granted.

We were recently told that Jessica now has five new tumours growing in her brain - a result of the intensive treatment she received as a child.

A new trial at the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre aims to develop safer treatments for children like Jessica. Their aim is to not only save the lives of children with cancer, but to ensure that they don’t have to suffer the same side-effects as my daughter has. As a mother who knows just how traumatic, and how heart-breaking this experience really is - safer treatments are the greatest gift I can wish for to help families like my own.  

Please give a gift this Christmas if you can. Thank you for reading."  

- Jo French, Jessica's Mum



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Thank you so much for your continued support. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.