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Snowdon mountain trek raises vital funds for brain tumours

On Saturday 11 July, a team of eight from Hays across the South West trekked Mount Snowdon in Wales raising vital funds The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting this devastating disease.

The team, including Simon Winfield, Regional Managing Director at Hays in the West and Wales, were inspired to organise the Snowdon trek by other Hays staff who had previously undertaken mountain climbs for charity. The team of eight trained tirelessly for three months before trekking the Watkins Path across Wales’ highest mountain. 

Simon Winfield, Regional Managing Director at Hays in the West and Wales, said: “It was a privilege to undertake the Snowdon trek for The Brain Tumour Charity and am so proud of the team who took part. The day started off quite bright and sunny but as we climbed higher, the cloud cover moved in.  By the time we reached the scramble, it was pretty misty but everyone made an excellent job of it. It is really rewarding to cap the two year partnership off with such a sterling effort from Hays staff across the South West.”

So far, the team of eight have raised over £2,500 through their VirginMoneyGiving page and numerous offline donations for The Brain Tumour Charity and current estimates show they’re on target to raise an incredible £3,000 in total. 

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 them for taking part in the Snowdon trek– 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 that we can change these shocking statistics in the future.”

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For further press 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 three 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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• 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;
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