Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Solihull schoolgirl inspires school to raise funds for brain tumours


On 21 June Solihull School will host their first fundraising event of the year; a West End Charity Gala in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.
The event has been organised by year seven pupil Georgia Jones, who successfully pitched for The Brain Tumour Charity to be Solihull Lower School’s charity of the year.
Georgia said: “I am only 12 but I already know about three people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour and the devastating effect it has had on the person and family around them.
“I love dance and musical theatre so I had this idea to arrange a gala to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, who fund research into this terrible disease and will hopefully find a cure.”
Performed and produced by lower school students, the ‘Mad Mad Charity Gala’ will also include contributions from the School of Theatre Excellence, Phoenix Dance, Midland Theatre Ballet and Learning Curves.
There will additionally be a performance from renowned West End star Ria Jones, who has head the cast in shows such Les Miserables and Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat, to name but a few.
Georgia was inspired to pitch The Brain Tumour Charity to her school by her parents’ friends; the Footes.
Joseph Foote sadly lost his life to a brain tumour aged nine in 2007. In his memory, his father Andy set up the Joseph Foote Trust.
In 2012, a merger with Brain Tumour UK and The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust) created the second largest charity in the world dedicated solely to brain tumours.
Georgia said: “I was only young but I remember mom and dad getting dressed up to go to a ball every year to support an inspirational little boy called Joseph Foote who tragically lost his battle to a brain tumour.”
The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours and is making a difference every day to the lives of people affected with a brain tumour and their families.
The Charity funds pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment option as well as raising awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis.
It helps affected families cope, providing support so that people affected by brain tumours can experience the best possible quality of life.
Geraldine Pipping, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Head of Fundraising, said: “We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of our fundraisers that we are able to continue our work.
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and the under 40s and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years. We are leading the way in changing this.”
Over 9,300 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. 
There will be two performances of the Gala Concert at 1pm and 7pm at Solihull School’s Bushell Hall. Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children, and are available from Solihull Art Complex Box Office.

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