Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit returns to the Fringe

Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit returns to the Edinburgh Fringe, with star line up and all ticket income going straight to The Brain Tumour Charity

This year’s show is hosted by comedian, writer and star of Strictly Come Dancing,Susan Calman, in her only Fringe appearance. Nish KumarJoel DommettZoe Lyons and David O’Doherty already confirmed to perform, with more acts still to be announced.

The show was created by Underbelly in 2017 following the diagnosis of an aggressive form of brain cancer for the 5 year old son of Underbelly Co-Founder, Ed Bartlam. To date, Underbelly has raised nearly £30,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity, including £18,000 at last year’s Fringe benefit. Brain tumour research is severely underfunded in the UK and yet represents the biggest cancer killer for under 40s.

Tickets on sale now at underbellyedinburgh

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. It funds pioneering research to increase survival, raises awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provides support for everyone affected.

The Charity’s goals are to double survival within 10 years in the UK and to halve the negative impact that brain tumours have on quality of life.

It adheres to nationally-recognised accreditations and best practice guidelines for every area of its work.

The Charity funds an extensive and diverse portfolio of research across the UK with the aim of doubling survival and reducing long term harm through improving the understanding and complexities of brain tumours, better diagnostic techniques and new treatments.

The Brain Tumour Charity offers a comprehensive support and information service for anyone who is affected, including a support and information line, Information Standard accredited fact sheets, online peer-to-peer support and a dedicated Children and Families Service.

It funds and promotes the UK-wide HeadSmart campaign, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to make earlier diagnosis a reality. Earlier diagnosis will reduce long-term disabilities and save lives.

The symptom interval (length of time between symptom onset and diagnosis) was 9.1 weeks at the time of the campaign’s launch in June 2011. By June 2012 the symptom interval had reduced to 7.5 weeks and it’s since been reduced to 6.5 weeks.

Find out more at: www.thebraintumourcharity.org

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