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Hays staff from Scotland tackle the four elements to raise vital funds for brain tumour research

20 June 2015

On Saturday 13 June staff from Hays in Scotland took to the Lake District to tackle the four elements of earth, water, fire and air to raise vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.

The staff from Scotland tackled four challenges: a 10 mile cycle ride; a 100ft abseil down a rock face; canoeing around St Herbert’s Island and finally orienteering through a forest with challenges along the way to collect materials to build a fire.

Roddy Adair and fourteen members of staff from Hays based in Glasgow and Edinburgh, were inspired to take part in the challenge to help raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and the vital research and support work that they do in their dedicated efforts to fighting this devastating disease.

Roddy Adair, Director at Hays in Glasgow, said: “I was so proud to tackle the Four Elements challenge for such an important cause. The whole team had an amazing time on the challenge and the 10 mile cycle across the Lake District was absolutely incredible, the views were sensational and the support from the other fundraisers kept us all going through the day of challenges.

“The orienteering challenges were great fun and definitely brought out our competitive edge to be the first to boil the kettle and make a lovely cup of tea, it was a fantastic experience that we will never forget.”

The team in Scotland has raised over £5,000 so far through donations to their JustGiving page.

Over 30 Hays employees from around the UK took part in the challenge to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and are on target to raise an incredible £15,000 overall. Hays aims to raise more than £200,000 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. 

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. 
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options as well as raising awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis. 

The Charity also provides support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

Louise Taylor, The Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We are grateful for all the efforts made by our incredible fundraisers and thank the team in Glasgow – we hope they’re now enjoying a well-earned rest! 

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. We are leading the way in changing this by fighting brain tumours on all fronts.

“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of the Hays team in Glasgow that we can change these shocking statistics in the future.”

You can visit the teams JustGiving pages here:  https://www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Peebles3/ https://www.justgiving.com/Linda-Brownlee/ 

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For further information please contact:
Eleanor Pead
Hays
E. Eleanor.pead@hays.com
T. 0207 200 3760

Notes to editors

About The Brain Tumour Charity
Registered Charity No. 1150054 (England and Wales) SC045081 (Scotland)
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts.
They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options and raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to get earlier diagnosis and to help families cope with everything that the diagnosis of a brain tumour brings.  They provide support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.
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.  In just thee years, HeadSmart has reduced average diagnosis time from 9.1 weeks to 6.7 weeks.
Find out more at: www.thebraintumourcharity.org
Members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, The Information Standard, The Helplines Partnership and the Fundraising Standards Board.

Brain tumours – the facts
• Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
• Over 9,300 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 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 reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
• Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
• Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children.
• 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.
 

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