Former England and Kent fast bowler Alan Igglesden was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1999, and ever since he has been striving to raise much needed funds to support his chosen charity. Alan's fund raising efforts have totalled £150,000.00 but he does not wish to stop there!
Alan has been a patron of the charity for many years, and holds an annual golf day and arranges celebrity cricket matches with all proceeds going to the charity.
Alan on life after his operation: "I'm trying to teach my wife and everyone around me that it doesn't matter. You're alive. I've become involved with the UK Brain Tumour Association, fund-raising with yearly golf days and cricket matches. I've also done some telephone counselling with children with brain tumours. There's probably never a minute in the day when I don't think about it, but it doesn't stop me being a happy person."
In 2014, Louise Taylor, Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, said: “We are so grateful to Alan & Kevin for their continuous support. We receive no government funding and so rely 100% on voluntary donations."
Alan on living a normal life: "I've always been very positive and it`s in my nature to be laid-back, which has often helped. In terms of the future, I just try to take each day as it comes. The tumour doesn't stop me doing anything at all and although bungee jumping isn't part of the equation, I've managed to go hang-gliding in Turkey and cage-diving among great white sharks in South Africa."
Along with fellow England Test cricketer David Gower, Alan is also a Patron at BrainsTrust.org.
Another former test player, Phil Tufnell is Lead Patron for the charity and explains why he supports Brain Tumour UK: "I've added my voice to Brain Tumour UK because I've seen the shocking impact that a brain tumour has had on a very good friend. That’s why I'm helping Brain Tumour UK and I'll hope you can join me. Together, we can make a real difference for everyone affected by a brain tumour."
BRAIN TUMOUR UK INFO
- Brain Tumour UK is a registered charity which was set up in 1997.
- Our work focuses on three key areas: providing support; funding research; and raising awareness.
- We are members of the Brain Tumour Consortium, a coalition of brain tumour organisations which works together to campaign for improved brain tumour policy and services.
- In 2010 we opened the Brain Tumour UK Neuro-Oncology Research Centre at Wolverhampton University.
- We handle 350 enquiries via Facebook and have more than 1,000 followers on Twitter. We continue to expand our support services and ways to participate through new groups and media technology.
- On 1 April 2012, we joined forces with the Joseph Foote Trust to create a new, larger Brain Tumour UK.
Important Stats and Facts about Brain Tumours:
- Around 8,600 primary brain tumours are registered in the UK each year. It is widely accepted that these figures are an under-estimate of the actual numbers and research by brain tumour charities suggests the true number could be as high as 16,000.
- Secondary tumours in the brain are not recorded in the cancer registries, but research suggests that up to 32,000 people may develop secondary cancer in the brain in the UK each year.
- Malignant primary brain tumours take more years off the average person’s life than any other cancer. They are the most significant cause of cancer death amongst men under 45 and women under 35, and approximately 400 children are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour each year.
- Low grade tumours can become malignant and even so called ‘benign’ tumours can cause serious permanent harm or death.
Our vision is for a world where brain tumours are defeated.
The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. We are committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour, to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour is no longer a death sentence.
We fight brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life.
We fund pioneering research to find new treatments, improve understanding, increase survival rates and bring us closer to a cure.
We raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, to reduce diagnosis times and make a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.
We provide support and information for anyone affected to improve quality of life.
While survival has doubled across all cancers, survival rates in brain tumours in adults have improved little in over 40 years.
+ Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
+ Over 9,300 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that's 25 people every day.
+ Almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year. Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
+ Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
Click here to visit the Brain Tumour Charity website.