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The Three Belles

Hats off to the Three Belles

Portsmouth-based 1940s vocal trio The Three Belles visited the brain tumour laboratories at the University of Portsmouth today to help raise the profile of Wear a Hat Day, a national annual campaign for the charity Brain Tumour Research.

Wear a Hat Day asks people to donate at least £1 to wear a hat to school or work to raise money for research.

The Three Belles, who are inspired by the Andrews Sisters and who formed when they were studying at the University of Portsmouth, toured Professor Geoff Pilkington’s laboratories in St Michael’s Building, the country’s first centre of excellence in research into brain tumours.

Library staff don their hats to fundraise for research

University Library staff don their hats to fundraise for research

Compared with other cancers, those with brain tumours have the lowest survival rates and research into the disease receives one of the lowest levels of funding in the UK.

More than 16,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and for many the prognosis is not good, with only 14 per cent surviving beyond five years. Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia or any other cancer, more women under the age of 35 than breast or any other cancer and more men under the age of 45 than prostate or any other cancer.

Professor Geoff Pilkington recently spoke at the Houses of Parliament on this problem of research funding.

Catering staff in The Hub cafe took part in Wear A Hat Day

Catering staff in The Hub cafe took part in Wear A Hat Day

Other parts of the University who marked Wear a Hat Day included staff in the Library and the Hub. The Department of Sport and Recreation, which has raised £5,400 for brain tumour research in three years, also took part. The department was recently presented with two plaques on the charity’s ‘wall of hope’ in St Michael’s building to recognise its fundraising efforts.

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