A FUNDRAISING group whose goal is to find a cure for brain tumours will meet for the first time in Glasgow next week.

Joe Woollcott, from Brain Tumour Research, is organising the first meeting of the Glasgow Fundraising Group at The Pavement bar in the Merchant City from 6 pm on Wednesday.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Joe said: “If you live in or near Glasgow and want to help, plan or deliver fundraising events for our charity, then do come along and get involved. Everyone is welcome and together we can raise money to fund research to bring about better outcomes for patients and, one day, a cure.

“The idea is we can meet and get to know each other, share fundraising ideas and support each other with organising events.”

Two people living with a brain tumour have signed up for the group.

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Rose Croft, 33, who was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumour in 2016, said: “I have MRI scans every three months to check whether my brain tumour is becoming more aggressive. It’s scary knowing that less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. I hope I will be one of the lucky ones.”

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Jay Cramb, 42, doubled in weight, gaining 10 stone, and saw his feet become three sizes bigger following treatment for a craniopharyngioma brain tumour above the pituitary gland, which controls the body’s hormones.

He said: “People don’t tend to realise how underfunded research into brain tumours is until they or a loved one is affected. We need to escalate the amount going into this field so that we can enjoy the same kind of survival rates now being enjoyed by cancers like breast and leukaemia.

“I am looking forward to the Glasgow Fundraising Group meeting and working out what my next fundraising venture might be.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK.

It also campaigns for the government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is calling for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia and is also campaigning for greater repurposing of drugs.

To make a donation, go to www.braintumourresearch.org/donate