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Hays beats target to raise £110,000 for brain tumour research

03 July 2014

Hays has raised £110,000 during the first year of its two year partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting this devastating disease.

Hays staff from across the country raised money through the year by taking on physical challenges and arranging events in their offices and local communities.

The first year of the partnership ended with the successful 24/7 challenge, with 47 Hays employees from around the UK taking on seven challenges in 24 hours - running, hiking, cycling, canoeing and solving brain teasers in teams of four.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director for Hays in the South West and Wales, was among those who took on the challenge.

He said: “I was so proud to put on my running top for the charity and take part in this challenge for such an important cause. The challenge was overwhelming, but enjoyable, and a lot of satisfaction came from knowing that the funds we raised on the day went to helping people with brain tumours and their families in coping with it.”

The 24/7 teams raised a total of £30,000 through donations from friends and family, fundraising in their offices and holding local events.

Hays target was to raise more than £100,000 over the course of the two year partnership to fund a new Centre of Excellence which will be dedicated to carrying out world-class brain tumour research. To achieve this, a team from Hays in Manchester ran the 10k Great Manchester Run, raising more than £1,000, while a director from Birmingham completed the London Marathon and raised over £3,500. A manager from Hays in Preston climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising an incredible £6,500 for the charity and contributing significantly to the total amount raised.

Over 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the largest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. The Brain Tumour Charity’s mission is to fund and promote research to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours and ultimately find a cure.

The charity is the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK and leads the way in ensuring all research funded is selected through stringent, independent peer review. It also offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible as well as raising awareness of brain tumours to improve life chances.

Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “This is an incredible achievement by Hays in just one year of fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity. We are so grateful to every one of the Hays staff who has helped to raise money for our work and we are very much looking forward to the next 12 months as they continue fundraising for us. We rely 100% on voluntary donations to fund our work. It’s only through the efforts of companies like Hays - and people like Hays staff - that we will be able to do this and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year. Only 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. Our goal is to significantly increase research investment to improve treatments and ultimately save lives.”

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About The Brain Tumour Charity
Registered Charity No. 1150054 (England and Wales) SC042096 (Scotland)

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, formed as a result of the merger of The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust), Brain Tumour UK and The Joseph Foote Trust in March 2013.  They fund scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offer support and information to those affected, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy.  Their aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the only brain tumour charity to fund research through a fair, open and transparent process of peer review and the only one to be a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities.  Each year they invest £2.5million in world class research and aim to significantly increase this.

They fund and promote the UK-wide HeadSmart campaign, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to make earlier diagnosis a reality.  Earlier diagnosis will reduce long term disabilities and save lives.

Find out more at: www.thebraintumourcharity.org. For further press information, contact Polly Newton, PR and media officer DD 01252 418191 M 07990 828385 E: polly.newton@thebraintumourcharity.org

Brain tumours – the facts
• Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
• Over 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – 25 people every day.
• Almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.
• Thousands more are diagnosed with secondary brain tumours, which are not recorded.
• Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children.
• Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
• Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
• Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children.  This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year.
• Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours.  Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours.
 

About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2013 the Group employed 7,979 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2013:
• the Group reported net fees of £719 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £125.5 million;
• the Group placed around 53,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments;
• 29% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 40% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 31% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
• the temporary placement business represented 59% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 41% of net fees;
• Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

For further press information please contact:
Kathryn Jones, Hays,
T. 020 7200 3760
E. kathryn.jones@hays.com

 

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