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SPORTS enthusiasts at the University of Portsmouth have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Over the last three years members of the sport and recreation department have raised £5,400 for Brain Tumour Research.

The department has now raised enough money to fund two full days of lab work, and has been presented with two plaques on the charity’s ‘wall of hope’ to recognise it.

The ‘wall of hope’ is part of the UK’s first Brain Tumour Research Centre for Excellence which is based at the University. It is where the charity hangs plaques to acknowledge donations from fundraisers who keep the laboratory running.

The laboratory is part of Professor Geoff Pilkington’s Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group, which is funded by the Brain Tumour Trust.

Professor Helen Fillmore, Principal Research Fellow for the Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group presented the plaque to the group.

She said: ‘On behalf of Brain Tumour Research I would like to thank the team for their ongoing efforts. The charity relies on funding to survive, so we really appreciate the enormous effort the department has gone to.’

The department raised money in various ways including an annual sports day for university staff, the Great South Run, and by encouraging gym attendees to take part in Brain Tumour Research’s own Wear A Hat Day.