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How Gordonstoun School Pupil Fundraised for Brain Tumour Research

Scarlett Sykes is one of five students from Gordonstoun School who raised money for brain tumor research in memory of their stepfather.

The family donated all proceeds from car keys benefiting cancer research organized by Scarlett’s mother Theresa with support from friends and classmates.

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Eighty runners took part, including twenty children aged five to eight years old and six staff members volunteers—all wearing pink ribbons to show their support for Brain Tumor Research UK Trust, which funds various scientific research into this debilitating disease.

Sykes was a Gordonstoun pupil who raised funds in memory of her stepfather to support research into brain tumors.

For example, brain tumors are the most common form of cancer in adults, and they are the second most common cause of death from cancer in adults.

Brain tumors are often discovered during routine medical check-ups and most people who have them survive for a long time.

A national annual spend of £35 million would help fund research into treatments for brain tumors so that more people can live long and happy lives.

She also created a Facebook fundraiser for Paul Malcolm, who tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. The Run For Life has now collected over £10,000 towards its cause.

It has raised awareness about brain tumors’ importance in treatment and prevention.

  1. Sykes said: “We did the run, and we had a great time.
  2. It was nice to raise money for the charity in memory of my stepfather.”
  3. The Gordonstoun Trust has announced plans to raise £300,000 in the next year, an amount it says could save up to nine lives a year.
  4. The trust says the money will be used to research lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that affects one person every four minutes in England and Wales. Sykes added: “I just thought Gordonstoun should be doing something like this.”

The Gordonstoun Trust said the annual fundraising challenge was established in the 1920s by pupil Donald Maclean.

After the boy reported on leukemia, he was inspired and decided to help raise money for research into the illness.

Gordonstoun’s headmaster told Sykes:

“We are delighted that you are so keen to support this worthwhile cause.”

Gordonstoun is a private boarding school for boys aged eleven to eighteen, situated between Elgin and Forres in Moray, Central Scotland.

In addition to its school, it also runs an independent preparatory school for boys aged six to eleven and a nursery from one to five years old.

The school has educated four British Prime Ministers: Winston Churchill (1940–45), Alec Douglas-Home (1964–70), John Major (1990–97), and David Cameron (2010–present).

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