Brain tumour patients enjoy special treat

Holding the cheque, from left, Prof Richard Grundy - co-director of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre amd professor of paediatric neuro-oncology and cancer biology, Shahnaz Akhtal - oncology place specialist, Jacob Mather - patient, Michelle Hargreaves - MD of Stagecoach East Midlands, and Jane Roberts - health play specialist, along with memebrs of the Stagecoach team and QMC staff.

Holding the cheque, from left, Prof Richard Grundy - co-director of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre amd professor of paediatric neuro-oncology and cancer biology, Shahnaz Akhtal - oncology place specialist, Jacob Mather - patient, Michelle Hargreaves - MD of Stagecoach East Midlands, and Jane Roberts - health play specialist, along with memebrs of the Stagecoach team and QMC staff.

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Children receiving treatment for brain tumours were given a very special treat with their very own open-top double decker bus tour on one of Skegness’ Seasiders.

Youngsters at the Nottingham Queens Medical Centre enjoyed tours around the site on board Rocky.

Stagecoach laid on the bus on Thursday after handing over £1,000 as part of on-going fundraising efforts for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) charity.

The latest fundraising efforts came from sales of a Skegness Seasiders story book.

Louise Wright, publicity officer for Stagecoach East Midlands, has a personal connection with the CBTRC and has raised more than £20,000 so far.

Her daughter, Leah Brockbank, battled with a brain tumour for three years and was treated at the centre. Leah passed away on January 1, 2013, and now Louise continues to raise money for the charity, with support from family, friends and Stagecoach colleagues and customers.

Louise said: “CBTRC is a charity close to my heart as a result of the amazing work they carried out to help Leah have a better quality of life so I’m delighted to present them with this cheque. This donation now makes the total £21,573. The children seemed to really enjoy going out with Rocky and meeting one of our mascots - Ralphie.

“The research centre does an incredible job for so many young people and Stagecoach are pleased to be able to help support their work.”

Leah’s treatment was headed by professor Richard Grundy, co-director of the CBTRC and Professor of paediatric neuro-oncology and cancer biology.

He said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Stagecoach and their customers for this wonderful contribution. Funding research into childhood brain tumours is the key to improving diagnosis and treatments and ultimately increasing survival of these difficult to treat tumours whilst also reducing disability rates.”

The money will help CBTRC fund the UK’s first truly intraoperative in-theatre MRI scanner. This will allow Nottingham surgeons to take detailed scans of a patient’s brain while on the operating table. The scanner will also be used for research into improving outcomes for people suffering with rare forms of brain tumours.

Added to the money already raised by Nottingham University, Nottingham Hospitals Charity will be fundraising for the final £650,000 to purchase this vital piece of life-saving equipment.