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Charity rewards sporting triumphs

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Professor Michael McCabe, Professor Helen Fillmore, Ross Lamport of the University of Portsmouth and Hugh Adams of Brain Tumour Research by the Wall of Hope

Sports enthusiasts at the University of Portsmouth have been putting their efforts in the gym towards a good cause.

Over the last three years members of the sport and recreation department have raised £5,400 for Brain Tumour Research.

The department has now raised enough money to fund two full days of lab work, and has been presented with two plaques on the charity’s ‘wall of hope’ to recognise this.

The ‘wall of hope’ is part of the UK’s first Brain Tumour Research Centre for Excellence which is based at the University. It is where the charity hangs plaques to acknowledge donations from fundraisers that keep the laboratory running.

The laboratory is part of Professor Geoff Pilkington’s Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group, which is funded by the Brain Tumour Trust.

Professor Helen Fillmore, Principal Research Fellow for the Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group presented the plaque to the group. She also took part in the Great South Run team. She said, “On behalf of Brain Tumour Research I would like to thank the team for their ongoing efforts. The charity relies on funding to survive, so we really appreciate the enormous effort the department has gone to.”

Ross Lamport, a manager at the department of sport and recreation, said, “ Staff commitment and enthusiasm to the cause was never in doubt , and considering the economic plight of some charities the money raised has been exceptional.”

The department raised the money is various ways. They held an annual sports day for University staff, took part in the Great South Run, and encouraged gym attendees to take part in Brain Tumour Research’s own Wear A Hat Day by wearing a variety of hats while exercising.

Professor Michael McCabe of the department of mathematics was part of the fundraising effort, and was inspired by Olympic medallist Eric Liddell. The runner was the subject of the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ but died at 43 of an undiagnosed brain tumour. Professor McCabe suggested the group name their Great South Run team ‘Eric’s Eagles’ in his memory.





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