University team takes on running challenge

Left to right: Mrs Paula Walsh (sports manager), Dr Zaynah Maherally (brain tumour researcher), Dr Qian An (brain tumour researcher), Csilla Brasko (PhD Student), Andreas Rivera (PhD student), Francesca Pieropan (Italian internship research student), Simon Welling (caretaker)

Left to right: Mrs Paula Walsh (sports manager), Dr Zaynah Maherally (brain tumour researcher), Dr Qian An (brain tumour researcher), Csilla Brasko (PhD Student), Andreas Rivera (PhD student), Francesca Pieropan (Italian internship research student), Simon Welling (caretaker)

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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STUDENTS and staff from the University of Portsmouth will take on the Great South Run in aid of vital brain tumour research.

Tomorrow the 14-member team will line up for the 10-mile race to raise what they say are desperately needed funds for Brain Tumour Research’s centre of excellence at the university.

It costs £1m per year to run the research centre – that’s £2,740 per day – so the runners are hoping to inspire as many sponsors from the local community as they can.

One member of the team, Paula Walsh, sports duty manager, said: ‘In the UK, brain tumours kill more children and people under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet research into brain tumours receives less than one per cent of national cancer research spending.

‘The first of seven planned Centres of Excellence was launched by the charity, Brain Tumour Research, last year here at the University of Portsmouth. Around £2,740 per day is needed to pay for a team of research fellows and postdoctoral researchers, their support staff and also the materials and equipment that they need.’

Sponsor Paula at justgiving.com/PaulaWalsh or the University of Portsmouth runners by text donating RSCH04 and then adding either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by dialling 70070.

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