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                AMBER BALL RAISES £22,000 !
                The BTRC fund raising campaign to in-         encouraged the 200 guests to raise in
                crease public awareness of the devasta-       excess of £22,000.
                tion caused by brain tumours was
                launched in style at “groovy-grand”
                Hertfordshire venue The Grove in April

                The Amber Ball, the first ever charity
                event hosted by this exclusive venue,
                was deemed a resounding success by the
                event’s organiser and trustee of Way
                Ahead (the umbrella charity under which
                BTRC operates), Wendy Fulcher, mana-
                ing director of London-based destination
                management company Spectra.

                Prizes on offer at the glamorous event
                included a champagne flight for 25 peo-       Mrs Fulcher (above) thanked the guests
                ple in a private capsule on BA’s London       for coming from as far afield as Toronto,
                Eye, a theatre weekend for 2 in New           New York and Dublin to support the ven-
                York, a rugby football signed by Sir Clive    ture and expressed her gratitude to the
                Woodward - and many more spectacular          numerous sponsors, in particular The
                offerings. The abundance of glittering        Grove, for providing such a spectacular
                prizes from sponsors around the world         venue for the BTRC’s launch event

                Surgeon talks of “this much-needed project”
                                        BTRC’s immedi-        The new tissue bank will be invaluable to
                                        ate aim is to fund    clinicians in the Neuropathology and
                                        a research fellow-    Neurosurgery departments at Hammer-
                                        ship at London’s      smith and Imperial College, who will now
 Summer 2004

                                        Hammersmith           embark on research into specific types of
                                        Hospitals Trust,      low grade tumours. BTRC will also help
                                        working with          fund the use of Microarrays, (which es-
                                        Imperial College      sentially represent “laboratories on a
                                        London’s Medical      chip“)and Laser Capture Microdissection,
                                        School, to investi-   a tiny computer-controlled laser beam
                                        gate the causes of    used for the dissection of single cells.
                particular types of brain tumours.            Combined use of these breakthrough
                                                              technologies will allow the researchers to
                At the Amber Ball, the project’s scientific   identify changes in the different cell
                lead, Mr Kevin O’Neill (above),Consultant     types that make up these brain tumours.
                Neurosurgeon at Charing Cross, spoke
                eloquently about the world-wide paucity       Guests of honour at the ball, Professor
                of research into the causes of brain          Christopher Kennard, deputy principal of
                tumours: “We have already begun the           Imperial College’s Medical School,
                project by gathering tumour tissue for        Professor Manuel Graeber, Head of
                analysis and there is a dedicated group       Neuropathology at Imperial College and
                of inter-disciplinary clinicians and          Professor James Van Dellen, Chairman of
                scientists who will now work together on      the Way Ahead charity, expressed delight
                this much-needed project”                     at the level of support BTRC had
                                                              achieved in a very short time.

                                      “This is the century of the brain”
                                                                                      Brain Tumour Research Campaign
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS                                                                                     London W5 3EL
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11th September 2004 BBQ with Jazz          benefit from the proceeds of their                     Fax: 020 8991 2483
by the Lake at Dorney Reach Rowing         2005 annual fund-raising event, an
Club, Windsor in aid of Yash Trust         “Around the World in 80 Days”
(BTRC sister charity). For details,        dinner dance to celebrate the 100th      
Contact Bali Gill on 01344 887 035.        anniversary of Jules Verne's death to
                                           be held in a central London location.          BTRC acts in association with
7th November 2004 New York
                                                                                                           Way Ahead
Marathon - Emma Darke & Yasmina            Easter 2005 Pilgrimage from
Siadatan have been given “wild             Winchester to Santiago de                          Reg. Charity No. 295895
card” entries to run the New York          Compostella. Veteran pilgrim
marathon – see below                       Veronica O’Connor will be making
                                           the pilgrimage alone, on foot, from
Spring 2005 The Amber Ball.                Winchester in S.E England to
Following the immensely successful         Santiago in N.W.Spain – over 1,000
launch event, demand for next              miles. Sixty-something Veronica,
year’s Amber Ball is already               who lives in Paris, has previously
growing.                                   walked from Canterbury to Rome
                                           following the ancient pilgrim way,
Summer 2005 The Worshipful                 the via Francigena, and from Paris          Please sponsor our
Company of Marketors has selected          to Santiago. Veronica will be seeking
BTRC as its appointed charity to           sponsorship in aid of the BTRC.
                                                                                       marathon runners!
New York here we come!
                                                                                             New York,
Emma Darke, from Goring and                 'When we first discussed the idea, I
Yasmina Siadatan, from Caversham,           never thought we'd get an entry so              7 Nov 2004
have been given 'wild card' entries to      we were a little shocked when we
run the New York Marathon in Novem-         were accepted' says Yasmina. 'To
ber this year.                              have the chance both to run the
                                            marathon and to contribute to such a
For both, this will be a marathon           worthy charity, is a real privilege.'
'first'. 'We couldn't believe it' says      Emma adds 'Training is tough and
Emma 'you wouldn't expect us both to        we're having to be very single-minded
win the lottery but we've both won          about our running schedule, but we're
tickets to run 26.2 miles!' Emma, 31,       really looking forward to the run and
a freelance artist and Yasmina, 23,         to big celebrations, once we've
newly graduated from London School          crossed the finishing line!'
of Economics, have chosen the BTRC                                                     Emma and Yasmina limber up
to benefit from their efforts. They pre-    Yasmina and Emma are now training           for the New York Marathon
ferred to run on behalf of a smaller,       hard and looking for sponsorship to
less well-known charity and liked the       realise their target of at least £5000
fact that all monies raised for BTRC go     to donate to BTRC. If you would like
direct to the research project with no      to sponsor Emma and Mina's efforts,
administration costs.                       visit

                                                                                                     our vision
           Fundraising - over £70,000 to date
   Activities in support of BTRC over the last year have raised the following         To raise public awareness
   sums:                                                                                   of the need for brain
       •    Golf Day at The Grove, July 2003                  £    210.00
                                                                                       tumour research and the
       •    Card Aid Christmas cards, Dec 2003                £     90.00                    lack of funding that
       •    Garfield Weston Foundation donation                                      currently exists by a series
            April 2004                                        £10,000.00
       •    Amber Ball at The Grove, April 2004               £22,000.00
                                                                                      of fundraising events and
       •    Southgate Christchurch May Day Fair 2004          £ 1,200.00               applications for research
       •    Parish of Christ & St John with St Luke,                                    grants among corporate
            Isle of Dogs, June 2004                           £    150.00
                                                                                          and medical bodies or
   Combined with the original fund to Imperial College and other individual                                trusts.
   donations, this brings the total funds raised to over £70,000

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