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Jack's story

In July 2006, Jack’s father, Chris, passed away from a sudden brain haemorrhage.

Jack was only nine years old at the time, being the eldest of three young children.

At the age of twenty-four, he decided to take on a whole new challenge to help raise vital funds for a cause which is close to his and his family’s hearts.

On 10th July 2021, he ran a full marathon (26.2 miles) from Chelsea Football Club (his dad’s favorite football team) to his family home in Surrey with fifteen of his closest friends. Together, they completed their challenge and raised over £11,000 in total!

Our sincere thanks to Jack, his family and his friends, and all who kindly supported and donated towards the Chris Ellis Marathon in aid of Brain Research UK.

Acquired brain and spinal cord injury – including brain haemorrhage and stroke – is one of Brain Research UK's three priority research areas. This recognises a high level of unmet need for research in this field and means that we are specifically calling for proposals in acquired brain and spinal cord injury under our annual PhD studentship and project grant schemes.

Find out more about our current projects in this area below:

Stroke: enhancing brain repair using immune cells
Stroke: improving speech recovery
Stroke: understanding differences in recovery
Stroke: a gene therapy approach to enhance recovery
Stroke: optimising brain stimulation to help recovery
Brain Research UK Chair of Neurosurgery

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