Trust launches its charity of the year after the death of much-loved community policeman

TPLT is supporting Brain Tumour Research as its official charity of the year.

TPLT is supporting Brain Tumour Research as its official charity of the year. - Credit: Shane Dean

The eight Somerset schools of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) are supporting Brain Tumour Research as their official charity of the year.

The charity was chosen after a good friend of TPLT, Jim Murray, died of the disease in December 2020, aged 53. 

Jim was the community police officer for Priory Community School Academy for many years, helping hundreds of people and serving the town in so many ways.

As schools continue to navigate the pandemic, large-scale fundraising events haven’t always been possible but, last month, The King Alfred School Academy took part in its first fundraiser in releasing a clover version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Future fundraising plans include non-uniform days and, when Covid-19 restrictions allow more, in-person events.

Neville Coles, chief executive of TPLT, said: “Jim was a superb gentleman and community policeman. He is so incredibly missed by all of us.

"We are delighted to partner with Brain Tumour Research.”

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TPLT is passionate about helping people, the community and its civic duty. In recent years schools across the trust have raised more than £130,000 for charities.

Mel Tiley, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “Jim’s family and Canoeing For A Cure have been wonderfully supportive of the charity and it’s wonderful to see that Jim has now inspired a community of school children and staff to fundraise to help find a cure for the deadly disease. 

“We’re looking forward to a year-long partnership with TPLT, helping us to fund research to find a cure.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure. 

The charity is the driving force behind the call for a national annual spend of £35million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia and is also campaigning for greater repurposing of drugs.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved in supporting Brain Tumour Research, log on to www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise for more information