Gordonstoun Pupil Who Raised Money for Brain Tumour Research – A Story of Compassion

Brain tumours are more common in men and females, with an excess of more than eight women and twelve men a year in the UK. Despite not knowing Paul.

Malcolm, Scarlett Sykes wanted to hold a race in his memory.

The aim was to fight the disease through research and patient support.

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It said just one in ten patients survive for five years or more and current treatment involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and cognitive rehabilitation.

Ms Sykes, who invited more than eighty pupils to participate in the school’s sponsored run, launched the crowdfunding page to raise £500, which would be the equivalent of 100 pupils jogging to the coastguard watchtower and funding the charity’s first research project.

By Monday, the target was exceeded, and the total had risen to £1,254.08.

One in 500 adults will be diagnosed with a brain tumour, the UK’s most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the UK.

Although there is currently no cure, survival rates have doubled in the UK since the early 1980s, and around one in every 100 people living with a brain tumour survives for five years or longer.

A YouCaring page raised over £14,000 for the charity.

Scarlett wrote on the page: “I got the idea for this run while thinking what to do in memory of my stepdad.”

She and her sister Joanna have raised more than £3,000 to establish a brain tumour charity of their own.

The money will build the first integrated brain tumour hospital in the UK in London to raise £4 million.

Since she was nine, Sykes had been friends with Malcolm, and the pair attended Gordonstoun.

Mr Malcolm suffered a brain tumour in December 2014, which was misdiagnosed at first, meaning he went without surgery for almost two months

Headteacher Hugh Robarts said: “Sykes was an excellent inspiration to us all.

She will be missed at Gordonstoun and in the wider Gordonstoun community.”

The school is preparing to commemorate the life of Ms Sykes’ stepfather, who died aged forty-seven from a brain tumour in 2017.

More than £5,000 has been raised on the charity’s JustGiving page.

She said: It was in memory of my stepfather Paul Malcolm.

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