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The PCMT raises money for The Princess Alice Hospice and for research into brain tumours. Details of these beneficiaries are given below.

Princess Alice Hospice
The Princess Alice Hospice is based in Esher, in Surrey, and provides care for terminally ill cancer patients. Since 1985, the Hospice has been caring for patients from Surrey and South West London, providing not only round the clock nursing for the patients themselves, but also offering support to the families and friends of the patients. The Princess Alice also organises training and education for medical professionals.

Pete went into the Princess Alice in September of 2003, and many of the friends and family who visited him there have commented on the wonderful care and attention that he received. Whether sitting out on the deck by the fishpond, or sharing a bottle of wine in the evening with friends, it was always a very tranquil place. The staff work tirelessly to make the patients' stays in the hospice as comfortable as possible, and this was certainly the case for Pete. The support that they offered to Pete's friends, and in particular to David and Yvonne, was also extremely important during this very difficult time.

The Princess Alice is able to achieve such high standards of care only through employing a team of highly professional staff. There is a one for one ratio of staff to patients, to make sure that the best possible care is provided. Further, the Princess Alice does not charge for the care it provides. Although some money is offered by the NHS, this level of care is simply not something that state funding alone can provide. The Princess Alice is therefore dependent on fund raising and donations from groups like the PCMT to ensure that it can continue to provide so excellent a standard of support.

More details of the Princess Alice Hospice, and the work that they undertake, can be found at their website www.pah.org.uk. The Princess Alice Hospice was an obvious choice for the founders of the PCMT, and receives half of the donations made on behalf of the PCMT each year (for more information on this, please visit the what we do section).

SDBTT Astro Fund
The PCMT founders were all keen to offer financial support not just for the care of cancer patients, but also for research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of cancer. It was decided from the outset, therefore, that half of the money dispersed by the PCMT should be dedicated to research into tackling the specific form of tumour that Pete had.

Low grade brain tumours are an area where relatively little research has been undertaken to date. Brain tumours start in the brain and rarely spread to other parts of the body, although secondary tumours do occur in patients with tumours elsewhere. 20% of patients with a cancer other than in the brain will go on to suffer a brain tumour. There are over 120 forms of brain tumour, which makes diagnosis difficult. Pete's tumour was a combination of astrocytoma and oligendendra , and initially diagnosed as low grade and non-malignant. Sadly, of course, grade of tumour changed. Brain tumours are the second most common cause of cancer death in young adults (up to the age of 34) like Pete.

The SDBTT Astro Fund is associated with the Samantha Dickinson Research Trust www.braintumourtrust.co.uk, and was established in 2001 to fund research in the UK into low grade gliomas. This is the class of slow growing brain tumour that Pete suffered from, and the SDBTT Astro Fund is the only one to focus on funding research into this condition. A number of charities similar to the PCMT contribute to the Astro Fund. Full details of the fund and its work can be found on their website www.astrofund.org.uk.

As well as funding research, the SDBTT Astro Fund is attempting to establish a support network for those suffering from low grade gliomas, and their families. This is being done in conjunction with the well-known Macmillan group, and will allow people to share their experiences as well as hopefully furthering understanding of this particular form of cancer.

Currently this donation of the PCMT is being used to fund the research efforts of Dr. Jeremy Rees, at the Institute of Neurology in London. Dr Rees has taken an unconventional approach towards the treatment of gliomas, and has sought to better understand the natural development of the tumour in order to facilitate individualised treatment of patients. A more detailed explanation of his work can be found under the 'Funded by Us' subsection of the 'Research Projects' section at the SDBTT Astro fund web site,

The trustees feel that this project is currently the most suitable beneficiary of the PCMTs research support, as it offers innovative research into Petes specific form of tumour.