An appeal to raise funds for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) in Nottingham has reached a major milestone thanks to donations from Children with Cancer UK, the Brain Tumour Charity and a team of riders from the University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle 4 (LC4) challenge.
The support of these groups will aid vital research into improving outcomes for children suffering with rare forms of brain tumours. Founded at the QMC in 1997, the CBTRC is an internationally-renowned centre of excellence performing pioneering research into genetic abnormalities of brain tumours.
The funds raised will go to supporting a number of projects, one of which is the establishment of the PoleStar unit, the UK’s first in-theatre intraoperative MRI scanner, which following a substantial donation of £600,000 from the leading national charity, Children with Cancer UK has now reached an astounding £1,150,000.
The PoleStar is a low-field intraoperative MRI scanner that will be fitted into Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust’s Theatre 9 at the Queen’s Medical Centre, a dedicated neurosurgery operating theatre, and will provide surgeons with relatively high resolution MRI scans quickly within the operating theatre without the need to move the patient off the table.
As well as being of immediate benefit for patients undergoing brain tumour surgery, the PoleStar unit will also be used by leading academics at the CBTRC for vital research into improving outcomes for people suffering with rare forms of brain tumour.
Further support for the appeal to raise funds for the CBTRC has come from a team of 15 who raised £600,000 after completing a 1400 mile bike ride, with each cyclist riding on behalf of a patient who has battled the disease. The fundraising was kicked off with a donation of £150,000 from the Brain Tumour Research Charity, but also included sponsorship raised by the riders, large individual donations, sponsored community riders and a host of fundraising both through the University of Nottingham and the local community by local companies and groups.
All donations for the centre have been made through the University of Nottingham’s biggest ever fundraising campaign: Impact: The Nottingham Campaign.