The team at the educational toy company Learning Resources undertook an 18km hike of the Lake District this weekend in a bid to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.
The King’s Lynn-based company embarked on its annual walking challenge to help find a cure for brain tumours, an illness that has been highlighted as the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40.
As just one of its fundraising challenges for the year, staff members walked all the peaks along the Langdale skyline, completing the nearly 20km hike and 1,2000 ascent.
Managing director, Dennis Blackmore, said: “Typically we choose charities involved in education or children, but recently I experienced the death of a friend’s husband, who was taken very quickly by a brain tumour. I was shocked to learn that less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers. Added to this, historically just on per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours.
“Earlier in the year, during our health and wellbeing week, we installed a static bicycle in our offices and raised money by cycling 350 miles in five days. For Halloween we are inviting staff to com in wearing their scariest outfits and donating £2 to the cause.”
To date, Learning Resources has raised £2,308.36 with the aim of raising £2,740 – equivalent to one day of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of Excellence.
Michael Thelwall, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, added: “We really appreciate the support of Learning Resources and send them our best wishes for a spooky dress-up day. The money raised will help us in our mission t build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and ultimately finding a cure.”