A local charity is to hand a Preston university a cheque for £30,000 to continue pioneering research into brain tumour diagnosis and treatment.Advertisement
Inbetweeners was set up by Jay Lynchenhaun following his diagnosis with a brain tumour in 2011.
Since then he has worked closely with University of Central Lancashire researchers.
Jay and his mother Sharon Hacking will present the money to the university on Saturday 4 October when it opens its Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Lynchenhaun said: ““We are delighted to present the Brain Tumour Research Centre with this money. The work it is doing for brain cancer is dynamic and extremely important.
“Brain cancer research only receives 0.7% of the government’s allocation for cancer research, so this is why we have to help raise additional funding. More people under the age of 40 die of brain cancer than any other cancer. Something must be done.”
The university has discovered in the last 12 months a new way to diagnose brain cancer which promises to cut diagnosis from two to three days to 30 minutes using blood tests.
Dr Lisa Shaw, lecturer in immunology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, said: “This donation from Inbetweenears will enable us to continue our research into an area that has in the past been underfunded so we are very grateful to the charity for its continued support.
“We have made great strides in developing new ways to diagnose and treat brain cancer and this funding boost will hopefully take us one step further towards the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
“We look forward to welcoming the local community to the University to share the work we do as many won’t know that such ground-breaking research is taking place right on their doorstep.”
The brain research labs are being opened up for the public to look round from 12noon to 4pm in Dawin Building, and free car parking is available on campus. There is no need to book for the event.