Research fund in memory of much-missed young Harrogate man reaches £250,000

A research fund set up in memory of a talented young Harrogate man who died at the age of 21 is celebrating reaching an amazing £1/4 million in fundraising.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 5:39 pm
Much-loved young Harrogate man Chris Bramhall fought through several brain and spinal tumours and faced many gruelling surgeries and treatments before finally succumbing to his ailments.

The much-loved Chris Bramhall fought through several brain and spinal tumours and faced many gruelling surgeries and treatments before finally succumbing to his ailments in 2013.

His mother Sara Wilson, chair of Fighting Ependymoma, the charity set up in memory of Chris, said: "This is great news. We would like to thank the people of Harrogate for all their support.

"Our quest to find better treatments and outcomes for children fighting ependymoma continues in spite of the challenging climate in honour of Chris."

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Chris, who attended Coppice Valley Primary and Harrogate High School, was a talented guitarist and musician and, incredibly, also managed to earn four belts in Kung Fu in between treatments.

Sara said: "My son Chris was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumour at age eight after several months of feeling unwell.

"He had the tumour removed at Leeds General Infirmary then had six weeks of radiotherapy.

"Sadly the cancer returned in his spine requiring further surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

"Over the next nine years the tumour kept coming back with Chris facing many operations on his brain and spine and more radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

"Chris sadly died after an operation to remove a large brain tumour."

The charity Fighting Ependymoma: The Chris Bramhall Children's Brain Tumour Research Charity was set up by family and friends shortly after he died.

Since then, they have continued to work tirelessly to raise funds for children's ependymoma research.

The charity has helped to fund several projects at Nottingham University under leading expert Professor Grundy.

Much of the fundraising takes place in Harrogate itself, including a successful heavy metal music festival called Metal Thunder which usually takes place each September at Bilton Working Men’s Club, as well as a Christmas Fair and street collections

For information and to donate to Fighting Ependymoma, visit

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