Wear grey for brain cause

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A charity is urging Sheffield people to wear grey for a day to help solve a problem that is ‘unique’ to brain tumour patients.

Brainstrust, which is running a pilot support scheme in the city and throughout South Yorkshire, wants to raise awareness of how all kinds of tumours have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

It is running a ‘wear grey for a day’ event for the first time on October 1, and people can also make a £1 donation to the charity.

Pete Burchill, a support specialist based in Sheffield, said: “Just because someone might label a low grade brain tumour ‘benign’ doesn’t mean everything is OK – quite the opposite.
Benign is a misleading word and people with any sort of brain tumour can experience awful symptoms, many of which you can’t see, such as memory loss, exhaustion and changes in personality.”

The charity is hoping to change public perceptions about brain tumours, helping patients to feel less isolated. Sheffield Hallam University has already pledged support for the awareness day.