Jane’s fundraising effort

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A woman from Brighouse is throwing her weight behind a fundraising project in aid of brain tumour research, starting with a sponsored slim.

Jane Speller is undertaking a sponsored slim during which she plans to lose three stones as well as organising a series of events throughout 2016 as part of the Grand Challenge, a fundraising initiative on behalf of the Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.

The Grand Challenge aims to raise £180,000 to fund a brain tumour research project at the University of Portsmouth, conducted by Professor Geoffrey Pilkington, an international expert on brain tumours, whose research has been funded by the Dr Hadwen Trust for many years.

Jane said: “I have supported the Trust for many years as their constructive approach is so effective in helping to bring forward the day animal experimentation is finally brought to an end.

“This year I plan to lose at least three stones by December 1. My target weight is 10st 11lbs. This will be a huge challenge for me as I really do not like exercise and struggle to stick to a diet for more than a week, so doing a sponsored slim for my favourite charity will be the only way I can do it.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet brain tumour research receives just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research.

“Also, unlike many other cancers, brain tumour research does not benefit from general research. So, the Grand Challenge is an opportunity to help target an underfunded and under resourced area of vital research.”

On Friday, February 5, Jane has organised a punk and rock gig at Wharf Chambers in Leeds, while in April there will be a quiz night at El Piano’s in York.

To sponsor Jane, visit www.justgiving.com/Jane-Speller2.