Several of BTRC’s key fundraisers who, between them, raised enough to fund 245 days of the Imperial College Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence’s daily running costs (average £2,740 per day), were invited to spend a day at the Centre to find out how their fundraising efforts were enabling the work of our researchers.
A morning tour of the John Fulcher Laboratory at Hammersmith Hospital was hosted by Dr Nelofer Syed who, together with BTRC Trustee Professor Mike Johnson, explained the various projects being undertaken by the research team.
In the afternoon, BTRC Chairman Mr Kevin O’Neill gave a talk about how this research work was assisting clinicians and how, in conjunction with the cutting edge surgical equipment to which he now had access (thanks to BTRC fundraisers), this was transforming the work he and his team does and significantly improving outcomes for his patients. The Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Imperial College is one of 4 around the country and Hugh Adams from our sister charity Brain Tumour Research explained how they aimed to create 7 dedicated research centres in total.
The day ended with the individual fundraisers spending time to place their individual tiles – inscribed in most cases with the name of the lost loved one who had inspired their fundraising – on the Wall of Hope located in Charing Cross Outpatients’ department. For all of those present this was a very significant and moving occasion, invoking many sad but also happy memories.