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Local recruiter sets sights on Kilimanjaro to raise money for vital brain tumour research

14 January 2014

Rachael Boaler from Chorley is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. Rachel, a recruiter for Hays in Preston, is joining colleagues across the UK to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting this devastating disease. The money raised will be used to fund a world-class research Centre of Excellence.

Rachael will be climbing the 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro in April this year. To help reach her £8,000 fundraising target Rachel is hosting a black tie charity ball on 1 February. Former England footballer Clark Carlisle, a supporter of The Brain Tumour Charity, will speak at the event which will also feature a three course meal and auction of prizes from local businesses.

Rachel is also receiving support from St George’s High School, Blackpool, whose students and staff will be fundraising in honour of their Assistant Head Sunil Gohil, who is currently recovering from a brain tumour.

Rachael, who lives in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, was inspired to take on this challenge to help make a difference and bring the local community together to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Rachael said: “I am excited to take on this big challenge in April, I expect this to be a truly life changing experience, although I’m a little worried about the altitude. I have been working with a personal trainer to get ready and am taking on local challenges such as hiking the Langdale Pikes later this month to build up my stamina.

I am really looking forward to holding the charity ball for such an important cause. Our aim at Hays is to raise over £100,000 to fund a new Centre of Excellence which will be dedicated to carrying out world-class research. A dedicated research unit has exceptional potential to unlock real breakthroughs and could bring us one step closer to beating this devastating disease.”

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 Brain Tumour 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.  The Charity 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 Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We are grateful for all the efforts made by all of the Hays employees and we wish them all the very best.  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. We rely 100% on voluntary donations to fund our work and it’s only through the efforts of companies like Hays and people like Rachael 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.”

Tickets are still available for the charity ball, to book your ticket contact Rachael on 01772 201513 or email  To sponsor Rachael visit

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For further information please contact: Rachael Boaler on 01772 201513 or email

Notes to editors

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.orgFor further press information, contact Lizzie Allinson,    T: 01252 749 992 E:

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 2012 the Group employed 7,810 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2012:
• the Group reported net fees of £734 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £128 million;
• the Group placed around 55,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments;
• 33% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 36% in Continental Europe &RoW (CERoW) and 31% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
• the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% 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


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