Big donation for Portsmouth’s brain tumour research fund

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BRAIN tumour research at the University of Portsmouth has been boosted by a £12,000 donation.

A group of five friends cycled hundreds of miles in memory of a young boy who died of the disease.

Andy Rawlinson lost his son Taylan, seven, to a brain tumour three years ago.

He has since raised £70,000 for brain tumour research.

His latest fundraising effort saw him and four friends cycle to seven sites where brain tumour diagnosis, therapy or research is carried out between Scotland and Portsmouth.

The trip involved the team travelling 700 miles in a week.

Professor Geoff Pilkington, director of Portsmouth’s Brain Tumour Centre, said: ‘This is a fantastic effort and a formidable task.

‘Money raised by people like Andy and his team is increasingly necessary.

‘Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, with only 14 per cent of patients living longer than five years. My entire professional life and that of my team of researchers is spent trying to find out how to stop these deaths.’

Professor Pilkington’s laboratories are recognised as a centre of excellence for brain tumour research.